New mass graves in Iraq could have 400 bod­ies

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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.

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