Iraqi forces unearth mass graves of 400 Daesh victims in Hawijah: Official

Iraqi forces have found mass graves containing at least 400 people at a military base near the city of Hawijah in the northern province of Kirkuk.

The governor of Kirkuk said Saturday that the string of grisly discoveries was made some three kilometers from the city, a former bastion of Daesh that the Takfiri terrorists had “turned into an execution ground.”

“Not less than 400 people were executed,” said Rakan Said, adding that some of the victims were clad in the uniform of prisoners while others wore civilian clothing.

Last month, Iraqi army forces, backed by allied fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, dislodged the Takfiri terrorists from Hawijah, located about 240 kilometers north of the capital Baghdad, in a sweeping offensive.