ISIS jihadists have burned 45 people to death in the recently-seized western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, according to local police chief, Colonel Qasim al-Obeidi, who reported the brutal killings in hope of getting support from the government and international community.
Al-Obeidi said that the motive was unknown but while the identities of the victims are not clear, most of the victims are members of Iraqi security forces fighting the Islamist jihadists over the control of the town.
He has pleaded for help and said the compound, which houses the families of security personnel and local officials, was now under attack.
Al-Baghdadi had been surrounded by armed ISIS militants for many months by ISIS with little media reporting before its fall just last week.
The reports come days after ISIS released a video purportedly showing the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians along a beach in Libya, and a few weeks after ISIS released a video showing a Jordanian pilot captured during an airstrike over Syria being burned alive by the jihadists.
Furthermore, Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations claims that bodies have turned up in mass shallow graves showing surgical incisions and missing organs such as kidneys.
The claim could mean that ISIS is selling body parts to fund their terrorist organization. Other major sources of the group’s $2 million-a-day income are selling oil, ransom payments, and smuggled antiques.