Massacre Described in Northern Iraq Village

By: AP
By: AP

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) - Witnesses say Islamic extremists have executed 80 minority Yazidi (yah-ZEE'-dee) men in one northern Iraq village and abducted their wives and children.

One man says the militants took the men away in groups of a few dozen and shot them dead with assault rifles.

Fighters from the Islamic State group had surrounded the village (Kocho) earlier this month, demanding its residents convert or die. Then they attacked Friday.

A Yazidi lawmaker, a Kurdish security official and an Iraqi official from the nearby city of Sinjar gave similar accounts, saying Islamic State fighters had massacred scores of Yazidi men after seizing the village. All say they based their information on the accounts of survivors.

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