Islamic State jihadists kidnapped Thursday 20 people in a northern Iraqi village suspected of forming a local group to fight them, a security official and witnesses said.

The kidnappings were carried out in Kirkuk province by dozens of fighters from IS, which led a major offensive that overran large areas of Iraq in June.

Militants abducted 50 people from a second village in Kirkuk province last week after residents burned one of their positions and their flag, but released them several days later. […]