SINJAR, IRAQ (Tert.am) — The St Mary Armenian church of Sinjar (northern Iraq) has been totally destroyed by Islamic State (IS) militants who kept the sacred place under control.

Citing its sources from Erbil (capital of Iraqi Kurdistan), the local Armenian website Arevelk (East) reports that scores of skeletons thought to have belonged to residents of the region were recently found in the vicinities of the church.

The Armenian population of Sinjar left the province after the Islamic State’s invasion.

Sinjar is considered the main center of the Yezidi community of Iraq.

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