Jihadists have killed three village chiefs in less than a week in Iraq's restive north, local officials said Saturday to the
Iraq declared victory against the ISIS last year, but small jihadist cells still wage attacks, especially in mountainous areas like the northern province of Kirkuk.
There, ISIS has attacked state infrastructure and government officials, especially targeting local administrative heads known as "mukhtars."
The latest victim, on Friday night, was mukhtar of the village of Mahmudiya near the town of Hawija.
Mahmudiya mukhtar "Abdallah al-Wasmi was executed by ISIS members who attacked his home," a local security official told AFP.
His death followed the similar killing of the mukhtar of a nearby village, Hanutiya, late Wednesday.
And on Monday, a provincial official told AFP that "ISIS fighters attacked the home of Mohammad Jumaa, the mukhtar of the village of Jassemiya", also near Hawija.
"They took him out of his house and executed him in front of it before fleeing," the official said.
The recent killings bring to nine the number of village chieftains executed by IS in the past seven months in Kirkuk province.