Jihadis execute 21 Mosul civilians for 'helping' Iraqi army
Isil militants have killed at least 21 civilians in Mosul over three days, most accused of collaborating with Iraqi forces who are attacking the city, a medical source said.
The killers gave the city's forensic medical department a list naming the dead, the source said yesterday.
No bodies have emerged, unlike last week, when 20 corpses were strung up across Mosul in a public warning against cooperating with the army.
Human Rights Watch, meanwhile, said that Iraqi soldiers, militiamen and civilians had mutilated the bodies of Isil militants south of Mosul.
A 100,000-strong alliance of troops, security forces, Kurdish peshmerga and Shi'ite militias, backed by US-led coalition air strikes, has almost surrounded Mosul, Isil's last major stronghold in Iraq.
The ultra-hardline group, which has ruled Mosul since sweeping through northern Iraq in 2014, has imposed a ruthless authority across the city. Residents say most of their victims are dumped in mass graves outside Mosul because the militants deem their opponents unworthy of a religious funeral.
Families only learn the fate of relatives from lists delivered to medics at the morgue. The medical source said a new list of 21 names was handed over recently.
"As usual, there were no bodies, just names of people executed by the organisation for a variety of reasons," the source said. "Now most of the killings are on charges of collaboration with the Iraqi security services."
Before the campaign started on October 17, people were detained and investigated for months. Now, they are held for as little as two weeks before being released or killed - either shot, their throats slit or other methods, the source said.
The accelerated killings took place as Iraqi counter terrorism forces battle to expand their foothold in the city's eastern neighbourhoods.
Officers say their progress has been slowed by the presence of more than a million civilians still living in Mosul. But they say some of their operations have been assisted by information provided by residents about Isil military positions.
One Mosul resident told how he helped his neighbours try to trace their 24-year-old son after he was arrested by Isil militants outside his house three weeks ago.
"We heard that they'd found a mobile phone on him," he said.
"Ten days ago, all news of him was cut off," said the devastated resident.
"Then yesterday we were shocked to see his name on the list of those killed."