ERBIL — The remains of over 340 Yezidi Kurds, massacred by the Islamic State (IS) militants have been discovered in a mass grave near Mosul.
The International Business Times reported on Tuesday that the Iraqi forces discovered a mass grave in the south of Yezidi hometown of Sinjar in Nineveh Plain.
"The mass grave contains the bodies of 340 people and is located in al-Ba'aj town, which was under the control of ISIS terrorists," Iraqi Brigadier General Mohamed al-Shemari told International Business Times.
The discovery was made as Iraq continued securing the area after recapturing Mosul and the surrounding areas from IS militants in July, 2017 after heavy clashes with the militants.
The grave, containing men, women, and children, is believed to date from 2014 after the extremists overran the Yezidi region in August 2014.
In August 2014, the IS militants invaded Sinjar, the Yezidis’ hometown in Nineveh Plain, where they killed and abducted thousands of men, women, and children.