Militiamen from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Saturday June 7, 2014 freed 1300 students from the University of Anbar, hours after they were detained as hostages.
Faleh al-Essawi, deputy head of Ramadi’s provincial council, told Anadolu Agency, “All hostages left the campus and were taken to a safe place in Ramadi.”
Islamist militants entered this morning, Saturday, at Anbar University in Ramadi, Iraq, where held hostage students and campus staff, according to sources cited by Reuers.
ISIL had entered this morning at the university, located about 100 kilometers west of Baghdad, after detonating two explosive devices and deal with the guards of the building. Two of them, according to police, were killed in the attack. Following the entry of the insurgents, the Iraqi security forces have surrounded the campus and entered the premises of the university supported by helicopters.
The province of Al Anbar, where the town of Ramadi, is one focus of growing sectarian violence in Iraq. So far in 2014, 2,258 civilians have died in Iraq (592 in Anbar province), according to UN data.
Iraqis went to the polls last April, in legislative elections since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein third, but the first without foreign troops. The list of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki, was voted, but fell short of the majority.