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Tuesday 27 September 2016

'16 mass graves found' after Iraqi town of Sinjar freed from Islamic State

Published 04/12/2015 | 13:08

Smoke from a coalition air strike billows over the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar (AP)
Smoke from a coalition air strike billows over the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar (AP)

The UN human rights office says it has received reports of 16 mass graves discovered near Sinjar, the north-western Iraqi town that was liberated from Islamic State last month.

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Spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly, of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, said she has no details about how many bodies might be inside the graves.

Sinjar mayor Mahma Khalil said 17 mass graves had been uncovered on the outskirts of Sinjar, but had no more information or estimates on the number of bodies.

IS captured Sinjar in August last year, killing and enslaving members of the Yazidi religious minority and forcing thousands to flee.

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