Iraqi government accuses Islamic State of 'massacre'
The Iraqi government has accused the Islamic State group of carrying out a "massacre" in the northern Iraqi village of Kocho, killing dozens of people from the Yazidi religious minority.
"We have information from multiple sources, in the region and through intelligence, that [on Friday] afternoon, a convoy of [IS] armed men entered this village," senior Iraqi official Hoshyar Zebari told the AFP news agency.
"They took their revenge on its inhabitants, who happened to be mostly Yazidis who did not flee their homes," Zebari said, referring to a religious community regarded as heretics by IS.
"They committed a massacre against the people," he said. "Around 80 of them have been killed."
Harim Kamal Agha, a senior official of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party in Dohuk province, which borders Nineveh, put the death toll at 81 and said IS had taken women to prisons they control.
Yazidi fighter, Mohsen Tawwal, told the AFP he saw a large number of bodies in the village.
"There were corpses everywhere. We only managed to get two people out alive. The rest had all been killed," he said.