Mass graves of 400 Islamic victims found in Iraq

by International | 12-11-2017 | 494 views

Bagdad : Mass graves containing at least 400 suspected Islamic State group victims have been found near the former jihadist bastion of Hawija in northern Iraq, the regional governor said Saturday. The string of grisly discoveries was made at a military base around three kilometers from the city that the jihadists “turned into an execution ground”, Kirkuk governor Rakan Said told.

“Not less than 400 people were executed,” he said, adding that some were clad in the  uniform of prisoners condemned to death while others wore civilian clothing.

IS was forced out of Hawija- 240 kilometers north of Baghdad by Iraqi forces in October in a sweeping offensive that has seen the group lose the vast bulk of territory it seized in 2014.

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