KIRKUK, Iraq — A report out of Iraq states that a mother and her four children were recently burned alive by the barbaric Islamic group ISIS for leaving the jurisdiction of the caliphate.
“Members of the Islamic State burned a whole family that consisted of a mother and four children (three girls and a 9-month-old boy) in Hawija, for leaving the land of caliphate and fleeing toward Kirkuk,” Iraqi News outlined on Jan. 14, citing a source who desired to remain anonymous.
It said that the family was captured while fleeing the area, and then bound, doused with crude oil, and set ablaze.
“The Islamic State captured the family on the road linking between al-Riyad area and Hamrin Mountains, and burned them in front of a group of civilians, who were in their way toward al-Alam area east of Salahuddin,” the outlet explained.
The report is the latest in a long list of gruesome accounts of ISIS violence in the Middle East. As previously reported, in September, a woman whose son was shot and killed by ISIS-aligned militants told the American human rights group Roads of Success that the terror organization shows no mercy to children.
“We heard that the militants grabbed six strong men working at the bakery and burned them alive in the oven,” Alice Assaf of Adra al-Ummaliya near Damascus relayed. “After that, they caught some 250 kids and kneaded them like dough in the bakery dough machine.”
She stated that the oldest child was four years old.
“Two days later, when the Islamic militants got the news that the army will invade the area, they started to throw the children out of balconies as a warning to the army,” Assaf explained.
ISIS has also used children to carry out executions on prisoners. Earlier this month, the group released a video showing a toddler gunning down a man tied up in a children’s ball pit.
In the footage, the boy, who appears to be in an abandoned playground, enters the pit filled with broken balls where he finds the man tied to the fencing. An adult ISIS member hands him a small gun, which the child then holds up to take aim, scrunching his face.
After pulling the trigger, the toddler holds the gun in the air declaring, “Allahu akbar,” meaning, “Allah is the greatest (or above all others).”
Two other segments in the video show children beheading prisoners.