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Iran Press TV

Iraq finds bodies of 53 men killed execution-style

Iran Press TV

Wed Jul 9, 2014 2:39PM

Iraqi security officials have found dozens of bodies of men bound and executed by the ISIL terrorists in a predominately Shia Muslim village south of the capital, Baghdad.

The bodies were recovered from village of Khamisiyah, about 25 km (15 miles) southeast of the city of Hilla.

Local security officials say they found 53 blindfolded and handcuffed corpses with gunshots to the head or chest.

The region is close to Shia shrine cities of Karbala and Najaf which the ISIL terrorists are trying to infiltrate. The victims are believed to have been killed at least a week ago.

Also on Tuesday, the ISIL Takfiri terrorists killed at least 50 pro-government tribal men and injured several others in a village near the northern city of Beiji.

The developments come as Iraq has been in the throes of a brutal wave of violence since Takfiri terrorists overran a number of towns in the country's north.

The latest assaults are evidence to brutal execution of those who apparently refuse to pledge allegiance to the extremist group.

Recently, a gruesome video was released purportedly showing members of the ISIL Takfiri group brutally killing Shia Muslims in drive-by shootings in the crisis-hit country.

Iraqi Premier Nouri al-Maliki has vowed that the country's security forces would confront the Takfiri terrorists.

Reports say the ISIL's advance has been slowed down as Iraqi military and volunteer forces have begun engaging militants on several fronts.

Al-Maliki has repeatedly said the US' regional allies – especially Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey -- are supporting the militancy in Iraq.

JR/SS



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