Fifteen bodies in two mass graves found in Iraq
Iraq discovered two mass graves containing a total of 15 decomposed bodies in areas north and northeast of Baghdad, security sources said Sunday.
The remains of about 10 bodies, believed to date back about two years ago, were found on Saturday in the area of Taji, some 30 km north of Baghdad, army spokesman Major General Mohammed al-Askari said in a statement released on Sunday, according to Xinhua.
Askari blamed al-Qaida militant group for the killing as the area was under the control of the group two years ago.
Separately, a police source in Diyala province said the police forces uncovered five decomposed bodies of male civilians, apparently executed about a year and a half ago, near a village some 30 km east of the provincial capital city of Baquba.
"The grave was first discovered by residents of the village, who then led the police to the site," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The source said many mass graves have been found in Diyala, particularly in the areas under the control of al-Qaida militants in 2006 and 2007.