Mass graves found in Iraq, could contain up to 400 bodiesArchive
KIRKUK: Iraqi security forces have found mass graves in an area recently retaken from the militant Islamic State group that could contain up to 400 bodies, an Iraqi official said on Sunday.
The bodies of civilians and security forces were found in an abandoned base near Hawija, a northern town retaken in early October, Kirkuk governor Rakan Saed said. He didn’t say when authorities will start exhuming the bodies from the mass graves.
Khalaf Luhaibi, a local shepherd who led troops to the site, said IS used to bring captives to the area and shoot them dead or pour oil over them and light them on fire. The area was strewn with torn clothing and what appeared to be human bones and skulls.
Iraqi forces have driven IS from nearly all the territory it once controlled. Authorities have already uncovered several mass graves in other newly liberated areas.
Published in Dawn, November 13th, 2017