Terrorist group targeting minorities in Iraq, forcing evacuation in droves, report says
At least 21 people died and 43 were injured in an overnight raid on an Afghan prison in the eastern city of Jalalabad, claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group, officials said Monday.
Prisoners were included among the dead as a mass jailbreak ensued.
Battles between security forces and IS continued Monday morning, news agency Reuters reported.
Last night’s assault began with a car bomb which detonated at the entrance to the jailhouse, Reuters reported, followed by multiple blasts as IS militants opened fire on security guards.
More than 75 prisoners escaped, with the police forced to divert manpower to try to recapture them, officials stated as cited by Reuters.
Meanwhile, as reports of the Islamist armed group resurgence emerge, a new report suggested that six years after the horrendous slaughter of the Yazidi minority group in Iraq, IS has a new minority on its crosshairs -- the Kaka’i.
The Kaka’i (“People of Truth”) are an estimated community of about 100,000 to 200,000 members in Iraq, who are followers of Yarsanism -- a religion containing elements of Zoroastrianism and Shi’a Islam.
According to Hebrew-language outlet N12, IS has launched a series of attacks against the Kaka’i, resulting in some 300 dead. Since neighboring Muslims consider the Kaka’i infidels, protection has not been sent their way by authorities. Consequently, many have fled their villages, some even shaving off their traditional curly whiskers so not to be recognized.