Five members of an Iraqi family who refused to marry off their daughter to a fighter in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have been executed by the militant group in a “horrific crime,” Iraq’s Human Rights Ministry said over the weekend.
In a statement posted on its website Sunday, the ministry said ISIS militants executed the five family members – mother, father and three children – and then kidnapped the 14-year-old girl, taking her to an undisclosed location.
The family, according to the statement, had refused to marry off the girl to the “criminal Jamal Saddam, known as Abu Abdallah.”
The statement did not say where or when the alleged killing took place. The ministry described the incident as a “horrific crime.”
Early this year, ISIS, an Iraqi, Al-Qaeda-rooted group espousing fundamentalist views of Islam, seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria, later announcing a so-called “caliphate.”
Western and Arab states are coordinating military air strikes against ISIS in both Iraq and Syria after the militant group began executing Western hostages in a series of videos posted online.