7000 families displaced in Iraq's Diyala: Official
By Mahmoud al-Jabouri, Saturday, April 19, 2014
BAGHDAD – A total of 7000 families have been displaced in the northern Iraqi province of Diyala due to "militant activities", a local province official said on Saturday.
"Diyala has seen activities by sectarian militias in recent months," municipal councilor Omar al-Hameeri told Anadolu Agency.
Al-Hameeri, a former governor of Diyala, accused militias of carrying out "mass executions" and destroying homes in the province, while security agencies stand idle.
Diyala has been the site of growing activities by pro-government militias, thought to be Shiite.
More than 80 kidnappings and murders had been reported in the province last year, primarily targeting religious leaders and local officials.
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