Over 3000 Kurds killed in Nineveh since 2003
Based on a survey conducted by the Yezidi and Shabak cultural centers in Nineveh, roughly 3,070 Kurds have been killed in the province since 2003 because of their ethnicity.
The Shabak people, who constitute a large portion of the Kurdish population of the province, have suffered from ethnic discrimination. Some 1,324 Shabak, most of whom are Shiites, have been killed.
The Shabak people are an ethno-religious minority who live mainly in the villages of Ali Rash, Khazna, Yangidja and Tallara in the Sinjar district of the province of Nineveh in northern Iraq. Their language, Shabaki, is a Northwestern Iranian tongue. The Shabak are divided between three different ta'ifs or sects—the Bajalan, the Dawoody and the Zengana—in addition to the Shabak proper; overall, their population is believed to be in excess of 60,000.
Around 750 Yezidi Kurds have also been killed, while a further 1,000 Kurds from other sects have been killed.
The Yezidi are a Kurdish religious group who represent an ancient heterodox religious sect linked to Zoroastrianism and Sufism. They currently live primarily in the Nineveh Province of northern Iraq.
The survey has only concentrated on Kurdish civilians, with military and Pehsmarga forces excluded from the survey. Thousands of Arabs have also been killed in the province over the last decade.
Officials blame the surge in violence in Iraq on al Qaeda's local wing and on Sunni Islamist insurgents who are determined to drag the country into a sectarian civil war.
An Improvised Explosive Device exploded in al-Kwair Street of eastern Mosul city in March 20, 2012.