Eights abducted, three wounded by ISIS on Erbil-Makhmour road: PUK commander


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SULAIMANI — Islamic State (ISIS) militants wearing military uniforms abducted eights people and wounded three others when they set up a fake checkpoint on the Erbil-Makhmour road near Kandal village on Friday night (August 6).

Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Military Commander in Makhmour Ghazi Faisal told NRT that the militants freed three of the abductees, but the other five are still missing.

NRT reporter Rizgar Kochar said that the activities of ISIS militants in the area have increased during the past ten days.

He said that the checkpoint was located near a deployment of Peshmerga.

The wounded victims, who tried to flee from the militants, are from Makhmour. They were taken to a hospital in Erbil for treatment, with one suffering from severe wounds.

On Thursday, residents in Makhmour were left without powerwhen suspected ISIS militants attacked an electricity transmission tower in the district.

In December, 2017, federal security forces, in cooperation with the Peshmerga and the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and aided by Coalition airstrikes, declared victory over ISIS. Since then, the militant group has resorted to guerrilla hit-and-run tactics, but remains a potent threat in some parts of the country.

(NRT Digital Media)