According to the Telegraph newspaper , Iraqi government forces have been accused of torturing and killing civilians near Mosul, in the first such reports since the start of the offensive to liberate the city from ISIL .
Residents of recaptured villages were beaten and shot to death by federal police officers after being accused of having ties to Isil, according to Amnesty International.
A report released on Thursday details how a group of 10 men including a 16-year-old boy handed themselves over to officers while waving white flags in the village of Nus Tal south of Mosul on October 21.
The officers then beat the group with cables and rifle butts, punching and kicking them, before setting fire to one man’s beard, the charity reported.
The victims were made to lie on their stomachs and shots were fired between their legs, as they were insulted, often using sectarian language, and accused of being members of Isil.
Four of them were later found dead, one had been beheaded.
In a separate incident, a villager was discovered with a gunshot wound to the chest, blindfolded with his torso exposed, suggesting that he had been detained before being executed.
Amnesty said that forces operating in the area “were apparently presuming that only Isil fighters had remained behind”, but that the extrajudicial executions were in any case unlawful.