Ebola and AIDS may be spreading among Islamic State (IS) militants in Mosul, northern Iraq, due to the heavy presence of foreign jihadis in the city.
On Sunday, a security source spoke to local media alleging, “Ebola and AIDS have spread among IS militants in Mosul; the majority of the cases have been registered among IS insurgents.”
“According to my information, four IS militants have been infected with Ebola, and more than 30 insurgents are infected with AIDS. The cases have been officially registered,” said the source.
The source continued, “All the infected insurgents were executed by IS leaders and then burnt in order to prevent the diseases spreading.”
Furthermore, the source mentioned that the expansion of both diseases among IS militants related to foreign militants who have travelled from Europe and other countries to join IS.
Iraqi MP and member of the health committee Feysal Ghazi backed up the claims that IS militants have burnt five insurgents infected with Ebola.
Moreover, Ghazi believes that the spread of the disease could lead to a humanitarian disaster in the region.
edHe calls for international health organizations to help people in the area and prevent the spread of the disease.
Elsewhere, IS has executed three leaders for betraying the organisation. All three were from Syria.
News reports indicate the leaders had links with the Syrian regime and the al-Nusra Front group.