Mass Grave Found in Iraq’s Salahaddin Province
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Mass Grave Found in Iraq’s Salahaddin Province

ERBIL — A mass grave has been discovered in Salahaddin province, north of Baghdad, where tens of bodies are said to have been buried together.

Salahaddin Tribes Council said in a statement that the mass grave is located outside Ishaq district, west of Tikrit.

The area, populated by Sunnis, is under the control of the Iran-backed Shia militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, who reportedly are preventing the exhumation of the mass grave.

The council said Kataib Hezbollah and Asaib Ahl al-Haq militias are in control of the region.

Media reports claim that the victims in the mass graves could be the local Sunnis who were abducted by the Shia militias in 2015 during the war against the Islamic State (IS).

A Sunni faction at the Iraqi parliament, led by Usama al-Nujaifi, also issued a statement to remind that hundreds of Sunni men were abducted by the Shia militias and they are still missing.

It said the newly discovered mass grave is located near another mass grave which is not exhumed to identify the victims by the Iraqi government due to the imposed paperwork.