IS Detains 4 Journalism Students in Iraq

IS Detains 4 Journalism Students in IraqIS Detains 4 Journalism Students in Iraq

The Islamic State militants have detained four journalism students in Mosul on charges of leaking information from the group to Iraqi and media organizations, a media watchdog said on Saturday.

The four were taken from their homes in different parts of the northern city late Friday, the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, an Iraqi organization, said in a statement, AFP reported.

Mosul activists and a former security official confirmed that four Mosul University students had been detained and taken to an unknown location.

A journalist who was arrested for similar reasons in June, Jala al-Abadi, was executed in mid-July.

According to JFO, IS holds at least eight journalists from the province of Nineveh, of which Mosul is the capital.

IS seized large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq last year and militant organizations in Libya, Egypt and Nigeria, among other countries, have pledged allegiance to the group.