May 03, 2015

By Kim O'Hare

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There are reports that as many as 300 Yazidi captives have been killed in Iraq by Islamic State (IS) militants west of Mosul.

A statement from the Yazidi Progress Party the captives  were killed on Friday in the Tal Afar district near the Mosul.

Iraqi Vice-President Osama al-Nujaifi described the reported deaths as “horrific and barbaric”.

Thousands of members of the religious minority group were captured last year.

Many Yazidis are reported to have been held in Mosul, the main stronghold of ISIL  after the militants swept through large areas of northern and western Iraq, and eastern Syria in 2014.

Yazidis, are considered infidels by IS.

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