Iraq hangs 36 over 2014 ‘Speicher’ massacre

Up to 1,700 recruits were kidnapped before being executed by extremists and allied militants. (File Photo: Reuters)

Iraq on Sunday hanged 36 men convicted over the 2014 massacre by extremists and allied militants of hundreds of military recruits, officials said.

They had been found guilty of involvement in the “Speicher” massacre, named after a base near Tikrit where up to 1,700 recruits were kidnapped before being executed.

“The executions of 36 convicted over the Speicher crime were carried out this morning in Nasiriyah prison,” a spokesman for the governor's office in Dhiqar, the province of which Nasiriyah is the capital, told AFP.

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