The Islamic State (IS) group has freed more than 200 members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority it held captive for months, a commander in the Kurdish peshmerga security forces said Wednesday. “We have received 227 Yazidis, among them women and children” in the northern province of Kirkuk Wednesday, Major General Westa Rasul told AFP. “We negotiated for days with tribal sheikhs in Hawijah and were able to free the kidnapped Yazidis,” Raul said, referring to an IS-controlled town in Kirkuk. The mass release of the Yazidis, kidnapped in Nineveh last year, is the second of its kind, after some 200 mainly elderly people were set free in January. The Yazidis, who are neither Muslims or Arabs, practice a unique faith and are considered infidels by the jihadists. The UN has said the IS campaigns of killings, abductions and rape against Yazidis may amount to genocide.