Mass grave uncovered south of Baghdad

June 4th, 2008 - 7:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Baghdad, June 4 (DPA) A mass grave containing the remains of 55 people was uncovered in Latifiyah, south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, Iraqi military sources said Wednesday. Iraqi troops discovered the grave during a house-to-house search, military sources were quoted by the Iraqi independent al-Sharqiyah television as saying.

Some 260 mass graves containing 300,000 bodies have been uncovered in Iraq, according to US officials.

Latifiyah, 30 km south of Baghdad, is a predominantly Sunni town with a small Shia population.

Loyalists of the Al Qaeda terror network were in control of Latifiyah until Iraqi troops backed by US forces seized control of the town after a crackdown in 2007.

Separately, the US military said it arrested nine suspected members of al-Qaeda in raids in central and north-west Iraq.

During a raid in Tikrit, US forces captured five suspects, who were believed to be involved in plotting suicide bombings and facilitating the movement of foreign militants in Iraq, according to a military statement.

In Baghdad, four Al Qaeda suspects were held and their bombing networks disrupted, the military said.

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