Middle East

Group: IS land mines killed, wounded dozens in Syrian town

  • This picture released on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 by the New York-based group Human Rights Watch, shows Zakia Hassan holds a photo of her son, Ibrahim Hammud, 35, who detonated an explosive device when he stepped on a mattress as he returned to his house in Manbij, Syria. Homemade landmines planted by the Islamic State group have killed and injured hundreds of civilians, including dozens of children, in the town of Manbij in northern Syria, Human Rights Watch says. (Ole Solvang, Human Rights Watch via AP)

    This picture released on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 by the New York-based group Human Rights Watch, shows Zakia Hassan holds a photo of her son, Ibrahim Hammud, 35, who detonated an explosive device when he stepped on a mattress as he returned to his house in Manbij, Syria. Homemade landmines planted by the Islamic State group have killed and injured hundreds of civilians, including dozens of children, in the town of Manbij in northern Syria, Human Rights Watch says. (Ole Solvang, Human Rights Watch via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This picture released on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 by the New York-based group Human Rights Watch, shows Adnan, 12, whose leg was broken when an explosive device detonated as he was trying to flee from Islamic State group in early August in Manbij, Syria. Homemade landmines planted by the Islamic State group have killed and injured hundreds of civilians, including dozens of children, in the town of Manbij in northern Syria, Human Rights Watch says. (Ole Solvang, Human Rights Watch via AP)

    This picture released on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 by the New York-based group Human Rights Watch, shows Adnan, 12, whose leg was broken when an explosive device detonated as he was trying to flee from Islamic State group in early August in Manbij, Syria. Homemade landmines planted by the Islamic State group have killed and injured hundreds of civilians, including dozens of children, in the town of Manbij in northern Syria, Human Rights Watch says. (Ole Solvang, Human Rights Watch via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This picture released on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 by the New York-based group Human Rights Watch, shows a family member stands next to the graves of three children who were killed when an explosive device planted by Islamic State group in a school detonated on September 27 in Manbij, Syria. Homemade landmines planted by the Islamic State group have killed and injured hundreds of civilians, including dozens of children, in the town of Manbij in northern Syria, Human Rights Watch says. (Ole Solvang, Human Rights Watch via AP)

    This picture released on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 by the New York-based group Human Rights Watch, shows a family member stands next to the graves of three children who were killed when an explosive device planted by Islamic State group in a school detonated on September 27 in Manbij, Syria. Homemade landmines planted by the Islamic State group have killed and injured hundreds of civilians, including dozens of children, in the town of Manbij in northern Syria, Human Rights Watch says. (Ole Solvang, Human Rights Watch via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A leading international rights group says that homemade land mines planted by the Islamic State group have killed and wounded hundreds of civilians, including dozens of children, in a town recently freed of the militants in northern Syria.

Human Rights Watch says in a report issued Wednesday that it collected the names of 69 civilians killed — including 19 children — by improvised mines in schools, homes and on roads in Manbij during a five-day investigation this month.

The victims were killed during and after the fighting for control of the town.

Ole Solvang, deputy emergencies director at the New York-based group, says IS "mined virtually everything including, quite literally, the kitchen sink before they left."

Kurdish-led forces retook Manbij in August, over two years after the militants moved in.