Islamic State releases more than 200 captive Yazidis in Iraq

April 8, 2015 2:53 PM

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KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - More than 200 elderly and infirm Yazidis were freed on Wednesday by Islamic State militants who had been holding them captive since overruning their villages in northwestern Iraq last summer.

A Reuters reporter saw the group of 216 people, which included two Christians, handed over to Kurdish forces near the city of Kirkuk. Some were too exhausted and disoriented to speak.

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