Islamic State jihadists should be prosecuted for committing genocide against the Yazidis in Iraq, the United Nations has said.

The UN human rights office published a report detailing mass killings, torture, rape, sexual slavery and the use of child soldiers by the extremists.

The agency said in a statement that IS “may have committed all three of the most serious international crimes – namely war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide”.

The report, based on interviews with more than 100 witnesses and survivors of attacks in Iraq between June 2014 and February 2015, highlights brutal IS attacks on ethnic and religious groups, including Yazidis, Christians, Turkmen, Kurds and Shia.

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