Mass Grave of 73 Civilians Discovered in Northern Iraq

Published November 21st, 2017 - 01:32 GMT
A mass grave discovered south of Mosul in Nov. 2016 (AFP/File)
A mass grave discovered south of Mosul in Nov. 2016 (AFP/File)

Iraqi forces on Tuesday uncovered a mass grave in northern Iraq, according to an Iraqi military officer.

“The grave contains the remains of 73 civilians” killed by ISIS militants in Sinjar, west of Mosul, Capt. Jamal al-Daoudi said.

He said the victims included six children, 23 women, and 13 old men.

“The victims were Ezidis, who had been killed by [ISIS] after the terrorist group captured Sinjar,” al-Daoudi said.

Sinjar is the traditional home of the Ezidis, a Kurdish ethno-religious community who are dominant in the Nineveh Province in northern Iraq.

In August, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced the liberation of Nineveh province from ISIS after a nine-month military campaign.

 

 

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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