New mass graves in Iraq could have 400 bodies
Iraqi security forces have found mass graves in an area recently retaken from Daesh that could contain up to 400 bodies, an Iraqi o icial said 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. Khalaf Luhaibi, a local shepherd who led troops to the site, said Daesh used to bring captives to the area and shoot them dead or pour oil over them and light them on ire. The area was strewn with torn clothing and what appeared to be human bones and skulls. Iraqi forces have driven Daesh from nearly all the territory it once controlled.