Mass graves holding ´400 Daesh victims´ found in Iraq
Mass graves containing at least 400 suspected Daesh group victims have been found near Hawija in northern Iraq, the regional governor said Saturday. The string of grisly discoveries was made at a military base around three kilometres (two miles) from the city that the militants "turned into an execution ground", Kirkuk governor Rakan Said said ,Geo TV reports.
"Not less than 400 people were executed," he said, adding that some were clad in the uniform of prisoners condemned to death while others wore civilian clothing.
Daesh was forced out of Hawija -- 240 kilometres north of Baghdad -- by Iraqi forces in October in a sweeping offensive that has seen the group lose the vast bulk of territory it seized in 2014. As government troops have advanced across Iraq they have uncovered dozens of mass graves holding hundreds of bodies in areas that fell under the militant's brutal rule.