ISIS has abducted nearly 300 people from Tal Afar, a city west of Mosul, as Iraqi forces push to liberate the region from the terror group, the United Nations says.

Citing credible reports received by her office, Ravina Shamdasani, spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency, said 295 people had been kidnapped in Tal Afar, a drive of about 77 kilometers (47 miles) west of Mosul.

“The fate of all 295 civilians is unknown,” she said.

Shamdasani said the citizens had been targeted because they were former Iraqi security forces personnel, now living under ISIS as noncombatants.

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