The Islamic State terror group has executed six of its leaders with a weapon that sprays out burning fuel in the Nineveh Province of northwestern Iraq, for allegedly trying to escape to Syria, according to reports.
"The six ISIS leaders were executed by their counterparts using flamethrower," Iraqi News quoted Ismat Rajab, a Kurdistan Democratic Party official in Mosul, as saying. "They were executed as they tried to escape to Syria."
Rajab also said that Iraqi planes have dropped thousands of leaflets in Mosul, Tal Afar and Baaj in Nineveh province to urge residents there to stay away from ISIS headquarters a restoration process of the land is going to begin.
Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh, tried to carry out a terror attack in Tal Afar last month during Ramadan, but it was foiled by Kurdish security forces.
The Kurdistan Region Security Council said in a statement the attack was planned in a village in the Ayaziya sub-district in Tal Afar, according to RUDAW. The forces arrested a man, identified as Adnan Mohamad Sadiq, a Turkman from Tal Afar, who had previously infiltrated through the Kurdish Peshmerga defense lines to prepare for his planned attack.
Earlier this month, Iraqi President Fuad Masoum announced that the government will execute 36 ISIS terrorists who had been convicted of killing 1,700 people held captive after promising that they would be sent back to their families.
Masoum said the members of the terror group were involved in a June 2014 massacre in Camp Speicher, a former U.S. military base near the central city of Tikrit. They were sentenced to death in February by the central criminal court in Baghdad.
Survivors of the massacre, mostly military students, say they were divided into two groups based on their religious sects and put on trucks. They were told they were being taken back to their homes. However, they were taken to a riverbank, killed with machine guns and buried there. Almost all those massacred were Shia Muslims, according to reports.
ISIS, an offshoot of al-Qaeda, which wants to establish a caliphate in the Levant region and beyond, later released videos showing hundreds of men being executed with machine guns.
While the Sunni terror group is losing territory in both Iraq and Syria, from where it operates, it still has 18,000 to 22,000 fighters there despite some 13,000 airstrikes by the international coalition led by the United States, according to CIA director John Brennan.
The group uses brutal methods to torture to punish those who it considers to be its enemies, including Muslims who do not believe in its version of Islam. However, Christians and other minorities are among its main targets.