October 21, 2016

A mass Yazidi grave found near Sinjar, Iraq; IS blamed

A booby-trapped mass grave which is containing the bodies of at least 110 people from the minority Yazidi sect has been found in northern Iraq, officials say.

The grave was found close to the town of Sinjar after it was recaptured from the so-called Islamic State (IS) group earlier in November.

IS captured Sinjar in August 2014, with reports of massacres and enslavement and rape of Yazidi women and girls.

This is said to be the sixth mass grave found in or near the town.

The grave is located some 10km (six miles) west of Sinjar, in Nineveh province, senior official Mahma Khalil told AFP news agency.

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