Mass grave found in northern Iraq: Kurdish group

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SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq, Sept 9 (AFP) -
11h06 - Dozens of bodies have been discovered in a mass grave near the town of Halabja in northern Iraq, the head of a Kurdish anti-chemical weapons campaign group said on Thursday.
The burial site -- crammed with dozens of men, women and children in ragged clothes -- was discovered Tuesday during construction on a road between the villages of Abu Obeida and Djellila, said Aras Abed.

Abed himself lost 11 members of his family when ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's forces dropped chemical bombs on the Kurdish town of Halabja in 1988.

"The three common graves at this site near Halabja contain the remains of the rest of those who fled the chemical bombing before Iraqi fighter jets caught up with them," said Abed.

Iraq's newly established human rights ministry, informed of the discovery, are to send special investigators before the bodies are exhumed.

"This new discovery just adds to the crimes against the Kurds committeed by the Saddam Hussein regime and will help investigators and the special court set up to try Saddam," he said.

On March 16, 1988, 5,000 Kurds were killed and tens of thousands wounded in a sarin and mustard attack unleashed by the former Iraqi air force.









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