Iranian militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) have kidnapped six members of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Kirkuk, BasNews reported Wednesday.
Ali Javanmardi, an independent journalist in Washington DC and reporter for Voice of America, revealed on Wednesday that a group of PUK members have been abducted by IMIS terrorists in Kirkuk.
He noted that efforts are under way by the head of PUK’s counter-terrorism forces Lahur Talabani, who is a close ally to the Shiite militias, to free the abductees.
The Iranian-backed Shiite militias launched on October 16 a large-scale military assault on Kurdistan Region’s disputed areas.
The offensive led to a humanitarian crisis, displacement of over 160,000 people, and destruction of hundreds of civilians’ houses.
The rate of crimes, particularly homicide and abduction, has been on the rise since the Iranian-backed Shiite militias have taken control of the city.
A number of PUK officials handed over Kirkuk to IMIS terrorists on October 16 under an agreement brokered by Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Force and PUK officials, including Lahur and Pavel Talabani.