ERBIL - Dozens of Iraqi people on Saturday paid tribute to their children in Tikrit, Salahaddin province, where the Islamic State (IS) executed around 1700 individuals in 2014.
On June 12, 2014, the Islamic State executed 1,095 to 1,700 or more in an attack on Camp Speicher in Tikrit, Iraq, where the jihadists selected the Shia and non-Muslim individuals to execute them, a massacre which is considered the second deadliest act of terrorism in history.
The Iraqi Ministry of Health has put the official death toll at 1,907, the majority of whom were identified as military students under the age of 20. The militant group later dumped them into the river or buried them in separate mass graves.
An Iraqi Shia official, who were said to be the head of the organizing committee of the memorial ceremony, noted in a statement that some 2,000 Iraqi people, most of whom were security personnel, were killed in the deadly incident, indicating that 1,200 bodies were found after the liberation of Salahaddin from the IS group in 2015.
"There are still 600 missing persons and 200 martyrs are at the forensic medicine department," he added.