Iraqi security forces have found a mass grave in the northern province of Nineveh, which contains the bodies of dozen members of the Izadi minority group believed to have been executed by Daesh Takfiri terrorists when they were in control of an area there.
A security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Arabic-language al-Etejah television network on Saturday that federal police forces had made the discovery in the town of Qahtaniyah, located about 100 kilometers from Mosul, and that the mass grave contained the bodies of 70 people.
He added that security forces had handed over all the bodies to the forensic department in Mosul to be identified and returned to their relatives.
Iraqi legislator Haji Kendor told that search teams had found a mass grave that contained the bodies of 80 elderly and disabled women near the town of Sinjar, situated over 400 kilometers northwest of the capital Baghdad.
Kendor added that some of the victims had been buried alive, noting that Daesh terrorists had buried the women from the Izadi minority group in a fish farm, and the grisly discovery was made by local search teams.
Back in August 2014, Daesh terrorists overran the town of Sinjar, killing, raping, and enslaving large numbers of Izadi Kurds.
The region was recaptured in November 2015, during an operation by Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Izadi fighters.
The Office of Kidnapped Affairs in the northern Iraqi city of Dohuk said last year that around 3,500 Izadi Kurds were still being held captive by Daesh, adding that a large proportion of the abductees were women and children.
The Endowments and Religious Affairs Ministry of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government announced last August that Daesh’s genocide against Izadis had forced nearly 360,000 members of the minority to flee their hometowns, and another 90,000 to leave Iraq and take refuge in others countries.