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Mass Grave Uncovered In Northern Iraq

9 September 2004 -- An Iraqi official says that construction workers have uncovered a mass grave in northeastern Iraq.

Mansour Hama Karim, an official at the Human Rights Ministry in the Kurdish-dominated Sulaimaniyah region, said the grave was uncovered yesterday near the town of Halabja, some 250 kms northeast of Baghdad.

Karim said the bodies of five women and children were already uncovered from the site.

Tens of thousands of Iraqi Kurds were either imprisoned, tortured, or executed during Saddam Hussein's rule.