BAGHDAD – Officials in Iraq say that survivors of an attack on a northern village have told them that militants from the Islamic State group killed over 80 Yazidi men there.
The officials, a Yazidi lawmaker and an official with Kurdish security forces, said Saturday that the attack happened Friday afternoon in the village of Kocho. Both said they based their information off the account of survivors.
Kocho is in an area held by the Islamic State group where journalists cannot operate.
Yazidi lawmaker Mahma Khali said that Islamic State group fighters besieged the village for several days and gave its Yazidi residents a deadline to convert to Islam.
Halgurd Hekmat, a spokesman for Kurdish security forces, says the women and children of Kocho were captured in the attack.