Iraqi forces in Mosul have freed an 11-year-old Yazidi girl who was kidnapped and sold as a slave by the Islamic State group in 2014, the federal police said Friday.
The girl was taken by the jihadists from the village of Kosho, south of the Yazidi hub of Sinjar in northern Iraq, together with her mother and sisters.
She was freed during an operation by the security forces on Thursday in the west Mosul neighbourhood of Tanek, federal police chief Lieutenant General Raed Shakir Jawdat said in a statement.
The elite Counter-Terrorism Service has been operating in the area and secured more than half of the neighbourhood on Thursday.
“They who kidnap these children are monsters,” Major General Jaafar al-Baatat, Jawdat’s top aide, said in a statement which was released with a video showing the girl at a police base south of Mosul.