AMMAN, Jordan — Islamic State forces carried out another mass killing of civilians in western Iraq, executing at least 50 fellow Sunni Muslim men and women belonging to a tribe that has defied the extremist militants, officials said Saturday.
Members of the Albu Nimr tribe were lined up by the militants and shot dead late Friday in the village of Ras al-Maa, in Anbar province, according to Naim Al-Kaood, an Albu Nimr tribal leader. He spoke to the Iraqi broadcaster Al-Sumariyah.
“They (Islamic State) are now surrounding 200 others, including women and children,” Kood said.
It was the second such mass execution in recent days in Anbar province, much of whose territory has been controlled by Islamic State for several months.
The Albu Nimr tribe has for years been part of a movement to block the operations of al Qaeda and its offshoots in Anbar province. Animosity intensified when many Albu Nimr families were driven from their homes after Islamic State, a breakaway al Qaeda group, captured the Anbar town of Hit last month.
The tribe’s plight has drawn the attention of Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani. In a speech read out by an assistant after Friday prayers, he called upon the Iraqi government to offer “quick assistance to the sons of this tribe and the other tribes that are fighting the terrorists.”
The United Nations mission in Baghdad reported Saturday that at least 1,273 Iraqis were killed in October, about two-thirds of them civilians.