Iraqi army finds mass graves containing 'up to 400 bodies' in area newly reclaimed from Isis

Hawija was taken back by the Iraqi military in October

Sunday 12 November 2017 17:19 GMT
Comments
Mass graves have also been discovered in other areas liberated from Isis control
Mass graves have also been discovered in other areas liberated from Isis control (AFP/Getty)

An Iraqi official says mass graves found in an area recently retaken from the Islamic State group could contain up to 400 bodies.

Kirkuk governor Rakan Saed said Sunday that the bodies of civilians and security forces have been found in an abandoned base near Hawija, a northern town retaken in early October.

Khalaf Luhaibi, a local shepherd who led troops to the site, says IS used to bring captives to the area and shoot them dead or pour oil over them and light it 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.

AP

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in