Militants of ISIL Takfiri group have publicly executed 19 Kurdish women, local activists in Mosul reported saying they were burned alive in iron cages in one of the city squares.
The women, who belonged to the Kurdish Yezidi minority, were executed on Thursday, according to witnesses in Mosul, the Iraqi stronghold of ISIL.
“They were punished for refusing to have sex with ISIL militants,” local media activist Abdullah al-Malla told Kurdish ARA News.
Hundreds of local residents witnessed the brutal execution, but could not do anything about it, he added.
Sunni Muslims living in territories under their control are forced to live by ISIL rules or be expelled or killed.
Ethnic and religious minorities are being harshly persecuted. The Yezidis, an ethnic group that has its own synthetic religion and are considered devil-worshipers by Takfiri Muslims, are among those suffering under ISIL.
Thousands of Kurdish women captured by ISIL terrorists were forced to become sex slaves to the militants. Those who managed to escape or were freed said that the women are raped, traded around, often denied food or rest and otherwise mistreated.