Yazidis Say Villagers Massacred For Refusing To Adopt Islam

Up to 80 Yazidis have been reported killed by Isis (Islamic State) fighters in the biggest massacre so far of the Iraqi minority. Kurdish and Yazidi sources reported that dozens of people in Kocho village, about 25km from Sinjar city, had been summarily executed after refusing to convert to Islam. As the men were rounded up and shot, several hundred women and children were reportedly taken hostage. Hoshyar Zebari, a senior Iraqi official who said he had spoken to witnesses, said the jihadists had “committed a massacre”.

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