The body of one of the two men kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in a village of Kirkuk on Sunday at night was found beheaded.
Last night, August 28th, a number of unidentified gunmen riding motorcycles attacked a car of two civilains in the village of Jabal Bor, in eastern Kirkuk and kidnapped them.
A senior officer of Kirkuk police told KirkukNow on the condition of anonymity that the security forces were investigating the two kidnapped people last night until the morning.
"The slaughtered man is Ali Kakalawa, a 39-years-old Peshmerga (Kurdish fighter) ... Both kidnapped people are from Jabal Bora village. The second was taken to unknown destination," he added.
The slaughtered man is Ali Kakalawa, a 39-years-old Peshmerga
Jabal Bor village is located in eastern Kirkuk, near the circular road.
The source said that their car and one of their mobile phones were found in the area, along with the body of one of the kidnapped.
Kirkuk police said late last night that they are investigating and searching for two citizens who went missing near Jabal Bor in Laylan subdistrict, east of Kirkuk.
According to a statement issued by the police, the search was conducted under the supervision of the police chief and in the presence of the director of intelligence and counter-terrorism and security agencies, but did not elaborate when the two citizens have disappeared.
The threats posed by ISIS militants have remarkably decreased in the current year compared to last year yet lately they are regrouping in the disputed territories between Baghdad and Erbil where the Iraqi Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government have agreed to deploy two joint brigades yet no budget has allocated to finance its logistics and payroll u to the present.
In another incident, a villager was killed and another was injured by gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on a number of shepherds in the village of Bayanlu in Laylan.
"The militants were Daesh," (in reference to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ISIS) a police source told KirkukNow on Sunday.
On the same day, the Iraqi army said an IS fighter was killed and another was captured in an operation in the Jambur mountain range in Daquq district, south of Kirkuk, a senior Iraqi army source told KirkukNow.
Daquq district is located 44 km south of the center of Kirkuk province and most of its villages were under control of IS fighters during the war in 2014 up to 2017.
Kirkuk, located 238 kilometers north of Baghdad, is an ethnically mixed province for 1.7 million Kurds, Sunni and Shiite Arabs, and Turkmens. It has long been at the center of disputed territories between Baghdad and Erbil.
Kirkuk is one of the main disputed territories in addition to Diyalah and Ninewa and part of Salahaddin, that a three-stage process was outlined in Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution in 2005 to put an end to the disputes over these areas between Baghdad and Erbil, through normalization, population census and a referendum on the status of the territories.
On August 14, a number of militants, whom security forces called “ISIS,” raided a village in Daquq district and kidnapped a 13-year-old boy, the son of the village school principal, after blowing up the house of the village Mukhtar (headman).
Currently, the Iraqi army, local and federal police, Brigade 61 of Special Forces along with Shiite paramilitary of Popular Mobilization Forces PMF, are under Kirkuk joint operations’ command, an umbrella for the security forces running the security of Kirkuk province.