By Mark Ellis, Special to ASSIST News Service
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS – June 18, 2015) — Ruthless Islamic State fighters retreating from towns taken by the Kurds are planting mines in the bedrooms and bathrooms of homes to blow up returning families.
The bombs, which have killed 12 people, were discovered in the Khabour region of Syria, Diana Yaqco, a spokesperson for the group ‘A Demand for Action’ told The Daily Mail.
Kurdish and moderate Syrian forces are working to liberate the villages, as well as find and defuse the explosive devices. The bombs were planted by Islamic State after they seized the area in February and kidnapped 250 civilians.
The bombs are hidden beneath beds, lurking behind bedroom doors and also in bathtubs, as well as in crop fields in the northeastern part of Syria, which is predominantly Kurdish but also has populations of Arabs, along with Christian Assyrians and Armenians, according to The Daily Mail.
It is the terror group’s terrifying new scheme designed to vanquish minorities in this area.
‘Property of Islamic State’ and ‘Your land is ours now, go to hell’ are scribbled on walls inside the homes of Assyrians who fled earlier this year, according to The Daily Mail.
“This is a move that indicates Daesh (ISIS) anticipates the return of the Khabour residents. To prevent that from happening, they are prepared to take extreme measures,” Yaqco told The Daily Mail.
Photo: Ruthless Islamic State fighters about to execute victims. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
About the writer: Mark Ellis is a senior correspondent for the ASSIST News Service and also the founder of www.Godreports.com, a website that shares stories, testimonies and videos from the church around the world to build interest and involvement in world missions.
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