Shiite fighters and military vehicles are seen as smoke rises during clashes with Islamic State fighters on the outskirts of Muqdadiyah in Diyala province, north of Baghdad January 23, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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Accounts by five witnesses interviewed separately by Reuters provide a picture of alleged executions in the eastern village of Barwanah Monday which residents and provincial officials say left at least 72 unarmed Iraqis dead.The witnesses identified the killers as a collection of Shiite militias and security force elements. Monday's alleged massacre followed a three-day offensive in which Shiite militias and Iraqi security forces captured two dozen villages from ISIS near the town of Muqdadiyah in Diyala province.Abu Omar, a businessman displaced from Sinsil, was at home in Barwanah Monday around 3:30pm when about 10 Humvees arrived carrying a few dozen men.The men were led a few hundred yards to a field where Abu Omar said more than a hundred others had been gathered.Other witnesses told Reuters that soldiers stood by helplessly, some crying, as the militias executed civilians.Abu Omar, the businessman, returned home after the fighters withdrew, and was reunited with his sons.In the meantime, remaining residents of Barwanah fear further violence. They told Reuters the same militias and security forces encircled the village late on Monday, preventing anyone from leaving.
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