More than 300 Yazidi prisoners in northern Iraq were slaughtered by ISIS militants on Friday, according to a statement released by the Yazidi Progress Party.
The party statement, confirmed via Shafaq News
, says the massacre occurred near Mosul in the Tal Afar district, though the manner of the deaths was not disclosed, the U.K. Daily Mail reports
Last summer, as ISIS took Iraq by storm, more than 40,000 Yazidis were kidnapped at gunpoint in their villages, many of them forced into the mountains of northern Iraq
. The ancient religion of the Yazidis, which combines elements of Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam, is viewed by the extremist militants of Islamic State as minority devil worshipping.
The Yazidi Progress Party has called on Iraq's government and international organizations to intervene and enable the release of remaining captives.