Yazidi: ISIS abducts 100 women

Zahko, Iraq (CNN) -- Extremist fighters swept into a Yazidi village in northern Iraq on Friday, killing at least 80 men and taking more than 100 women captive, officials told CNN.

The report of the brutal attack on the village of Kojo comes a day after U.S. President Barack Obama -- citing the success of targeted American airstrikes -- declared an end to an ISIS siege that had trapped tens of thousands of Yazidis in mountains.

Fighters with the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, attacked Kojo after having had it surrounded for days, a Kurdish regional government official and a religious Yazidi leader said.

The women abducted from the village about 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Sinjar were being taken to the ISIS-controlled northern cities of Mosul and Tal Afar, the official said.

CNN cannot independently confirm the killings and abductions, but the claims are similar to reports provided by survivors of ISIS attacks on minority communities.

The Yazidis are among 400,000 people that the United Nations estimates have been driven from their homes since June, when ISIS swept across the border from Syria into Iraq.

Of those displaced, more than 200,000 have poured into Iraq's northern Dohuk province in recent weeks. Refugee camp populations have swelled since ISIS began its assault against Yazidis, Christians, Kurds and Shiites.

The plight of the Yazidis and the threat posed by ISIS to Iraq's Kurdish regional government prompted the United States to conduct targeted airstrikes and humanitarian airdrops.

While airdrops and airstrikes saved those stranded from starving and provided safe passage off out of the Sinjar Mountains, the Yazidis and others are arriving by the thousands at camps in and outside Iraq.

 


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