Saturday, July 05, 2003
Hundreds of bodies found in Iraqi mass grave
Reports from Iraq say as many as 300 bodies have been found in a mass grave in the north of the country.
A correspondent with the French news agency AFP says the remains are believed to be those of Kurdish victims of the deposed regime of Saddam Hussein.
He says hair and bits of clothing were clearly visible at the bottom of a hole five metres wide in a barren desert plain near the town of Hatra, about 300 kilometres north-west of the capital, Baghdad.
Witnesses say at least 50 bodies have been removed since digging began two days ago.
Kurds have reported discovering several mass graves in northern Iraq.