A mass grave containing the remains of dozens of bodies was found in the northeast of Baaquba city, a local security source said on Saturday.
“During the early hours of this morning, police forces found a mass grave in Albo Tema village, al-Salam district (15 km northeast of Baaquba), containing 30 decayed bodies belonging to civilians, including women and children,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq.
Two mass graves have been found in the village throughout the past few months.
Diala province, a mix of Sunnis and Shiites, extends to the northeast of Baghdad as far as the Iranian border. Its capital is Baaquba, 57 km northeast of Baghdad. It covers an area of 17,685 square kilometers (6,828 sq mi).
A large portion of the province is drained by the Diala River, a major tributary of the Tigris.