Islamic State militants have kidnapped at least 50 Sunni Muslim tribesmen from a village in northern Iraq, according to Iraqi news outlets.
The abductions, which reportedly occurred Friday, appear to be part of a concerted campaign against Sunnis who challenge the authority of the Al Qaeda breakaway faction, which presents itself as a champion of Sunni Muslims.
Militants from the extremist group stormed the village of Riyadh, about 30 miles west of the city of Kirkuk, rounding up Sunni tribesmen who had previously served as police officers, as soldiers or in anti-Al Qaeda militias, according to Iraqi press accounts.
Mada Press, an Iraqi news outlet, quoted a security source as saying that the kidnappings came after word of "Arab tribes reorganizing their ranks and fighting elements of Daesh," using an Arabic term for the militants.
The fate of those kidnapped remained uncertain Sunday.