As many as 300 Yazidis held captive by Daesh – ISIS – in Iraq have been murdered by the militant group in a region west of Mosul according to Yazidi and Iraqi officials.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has condemned the killings:
“I am deeply shocked by the brutal murder of these peace-loving people.
“The Yazidis I met in our recent visit to Erbil impressed me with their quiet dignity. I am sure that all people of decency will condemn these killings.
“I commend those who have been killed to the mercy of God and I pray earnestly for the peace of the region.”