A car drives near a flag belonging to Islamic State militants at the end of a bridge in southern Kirkuk.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Islamic State released a new video in which caged Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers were were paraded through Iraqi streets, AFP news agency reported Sunday.
The video showed 21 men dressed in orange jumpsuits inside cages that were placed on the back of white pickup trucks, then being driven around Hawija, an IS-controlled city 50 kilometers away from Kirkuk, Iraq, where the captives were taken by Islamic State.
Outside the cage of each truck was a person dressed completely in black wearing a mask around the face. Crowds of people dressed in civilian clothing surround the trucks as they passed by.
In the video, Islamic State members identified 16 of the captives as Peshmerga fighters, three as local Kirkuk policemen and two as officers in the Iraqi army.
The fate of those inside the cages is still unknown, though the video ended with the captives kneeling before those dressed in black, guns pointed at the captives' heads. It also showed footage of previous Islamic State killings.
According to Gen. Hiyowa Rash, a Kirkuk-based Peshmerga commander, the people in the video were taken captive “when Kurdish fighters repelled a terrorist attack by ISIS targeting Kirkuk” on January 31.