Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) kidnapped on Thursday a number of Sunni Kurdish Imams and preachers of mosques in kirkuk, including Imam and preacher of al-Sahaba Mosque.
On Wednesday, it was reported that terrorists of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (AAH), a faction affiliated to IMIS, raided houses of Sunnis in Kirkuk and looted their property.
This comes as the crisis in Kirkuk has escalated. Peshmerga forces have been fending off attacks launched by the Iraqi forces, backed by IMIS, since Sunday night.
Tensions between the two sides over the future of Kurdistan have been high since the Kurds voted for independence in a September referendum.
The oil-rich Kirkuk Governorate has emerged as a flashpoint in the crisis as it is claimed by both sides.