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Islamic State Militants Kill 16 From Iraqi Tribe: Officials

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Civilians inspect the aftermath of a car bomb explosion in the Shiite enclave of Sadr city, Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 5, 2014.

Civilians inspect the aftermath of a car bomb explosion in the Shiite enclave of Sadr city, Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 5, 2014.

Islamic State fighters kidnapped and killed 16 members of an Iraqi tribe that has fought the Sunni militants in western Iraq, a tribal leader and a hospital official said on Saturday.

The men were captured three days ago, and after a tip, tribal members searched a location

north of the town of Hit and found their bodies in a well, Sheikh Naeem al-Ga'oud, chief of the Albu Nimr tribe, told Reuters. A doctor at the hospital in Hit the bodies had bullet wounds to the head and chest.

Islamic State fighters have killed hundreds of members of the Albu Nimr tribe since seizing Hit, 90 miles west of Baghdad, two months ago.

The Sunni militants swept through northern Iraq in June towards the capital Baghdad, but have lost ground in the last two months to the north of the capital, amid coordinated attacks by Kurdish peshmerga fighters, Shiite militias, Iraqi armed forces and others.

Islamic State militantshave tightened their grip in parts of Anbar province to the west.

In Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad, Iraqi planes bombed Islamic State targets near the town of Muqdadiya, killing seven people, army spokesman Colonel Ghalib al-Jubouri said on Saturday.

Elsewhere in Iraq Saturday, a roadside bomb exploded in a popular market in Mahmudiya, about 20 miles south of Baghdad, killing four people. Three people were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Husseiniya, police and medical officials said.

In east Baghdad, a roadside bomb killed three people near a cafe in Palestine Street, serving pilgrims preparing to mark an important Shiite ritual.

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