By Ali Jawad
BAGHDAD (AA) – Iraqi authorities have uncovered a mass grave in the northern city of Mosul, according to an Iraqi military officer on Wednesday.
“The grave in Badush, northwest of Mosul, contains the remains of more than 30 people,” Army Captain Karim al-Obeidi told Anadolu Agency.
He said a number of former parliamentary candidates were among the victims.
“Those candidates had been kidnapped by the Daesh terrorist group after it seized Mosul in 2014,” he said.
Last week, a UN report said that more than 200 mass graves containing the remains of thousands of victims have been discovered in areas formerly controlled by Daesh in Iraq.
Last year, officials in Baghdad declared that Daesh's military presence in Iraq had been all but dismantled over operations backed by the U.S.-led International Alliance. However, from time to time, Iraqi officials announce operations against Daesh-affiliated "sleeper cells" in certain parts of the country.