IS militants burn 19 Yazidi women alive for refusing to have sex

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Mosul (Iraq), June 6: Nineteen Yazidi women were burnt alive by Islamic States (IS) militants here last week after they refused to have sex with the fighters.

The women were put in iron cages and burnt alive as several people watched in horror, said the Kurdish ARA News agency.

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"They were punished for refusing to have sex with ISIS militants," the news agency quoted Abdullah al-Malla, a local media activist.

IS militants have raped, enslaved and killed thousands of women of the Yazidi ethnically Kurdish religious community since 2014 and forcing over 4,00,000 of the religious minority group to flee their homes in northern Iraq after accusing them as devil worshippers.

According to the UN, the Sunni militants took as slaves about 7,000 women and girls in 2014---mainly Yazidis who believe in blended elements of Christianity, Zoroastrianism and Islam and are still holding around 3,500---some as sex slaves.

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