Hundreds of women in Iraq were taken captive by Islamic militants with "vicious plans" for them, an official said Friday, August 8. Kamil Amin, the spokesman for Iraq's Human Rights Ministry, confirmed that the women from the Yazidi religious minority are being held in schools in Mosul, Iraq's second largest city.
"We think that the terrorists by now consider them slaves and they have vicious plans for them," Amin told The Associated Press. "We think that these women are going to be used in demeaning ways by those terrorists to satisfy their animalistic urges in a way that contradicts all the human and Islamic values."
By Sunday, it was reported that "at least 500" Yazidis were killed and buried in mass graves, with an estimated 300 kept alive as slaves.