Iraq hangs 36 men convicted of killings by 'Islamic State'

Iraq hangs 36 men convicted of killings by 'Islamic State'
An Iraqi man prays for his slain relative, at the site of a mass grave, believed to contain the bodies of Camp Speicher soldiers killed by Islamic State.

Iraq has executed 36 men convicted of taking part in the co-called 'Islamic State' group's massacre of hundreds of soldiers in 2014.

The men were hanged at the Nasiriyah prison in southern Iraq today, said Governor Yahya al-Nasirir.

The executions were confirmed by a Justice Ministry official.

'IS' captured an estimated 1,700 soldiers from the nearby Speicher military base when it overran the northern city of Tikrit in the summer of 2014.

It later posted graphic images online of the soldiers being lined up before trenches and shot dead.

The men executed today were arrested after Iraqi forces retook Tikrit in 2015 and sentenced to death by an Iraqi court earlier this year.

Iraq hangs 36 men convicted of killings by 'Islamic State'

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