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ISIS shoots and buries 300 officers
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ISIS decapitate, shoot and bury 300 former policemen south of Mosul
A mass grave discovered containing hundreds of Iraqi former policemen murdered in cold blood in the town of Hammam al-Alil before the terror group withdrew from the city; witness recalls sounds of automatic gunfire and cries of distress.
Islamic State militants probably killed more than 300 Iraqi former police officers three weeks ago and buried them in a mass grave near the town of Hammam al-Alil south of Mosul, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

 

 

The mass grave contained the victims who had been shot or beheaded by the ultra-radical militants, said residents nearby. They also said they believed up to 200 people were killed in the weeks before Islamic State withdrew from the town.

 

Mass grave discovered in Mosul (Photo: AP)
Mass grave discovered in Mosul (Photo: AP)

 

Human Rights Watch said some of the former policemen were separated from a group of about 2,000 people from nearby villages and towns who were forced to march alongside the militants last month as they retreated north to Mosul and the town of Tal Afar.

 

Photo: AFP
Photo: AFP

 

It quoted a labourer who said he saw Islamic State fighters drive four large trucks carrying 100 to 125 men, some of whom he recognised as former policemen, past an agricultural college close to the site which was to become the mass grave.

 

Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

 

Minutes later, he heard automatic gunfire and cries of distress, he said. The next night, on October 29, a similar scene was repeated, with between 130 to 145 men, he told HRW.

 

Another witness, a resident of Hammam al-Alil, said he heard automatic gunfire in the area for approximately seven minutes, three nights in a row.

 

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