ISIS captures up to 3,000 people fleeing violence in Iraq, UN says


Iraqi families displaced from the areas of Hawija and Hamrin in northern Iraq, due to the advance of the Islamic State jihadist group, arrive in the Kirkuk governorate in search for safety, on August 31, 2015. Since 2014, tens of thousands of Iraqis have been fleeing their hometowns after the Islamic State jihadist group launched an onslaught that overran large areas and brought the country to the brink of breakup. AFP PHOTO / MARWAN IBRAHIM (Photo credit should read MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images)

ISIS militants have captured up to 3,000 people displaced from their homes trying to flee conflict zones in northern Iraq, the United Nations said Friday, reportedly killing 12 of them.

The UN refugee agency said it had received reports that ISIS rounded up the thousands of internally displaced people Thursday from villages as they tried to escape to the city of Kirkuk.

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