The Mafraq police station in Iraq’s Diyala province north of Baghdad, which includes a prison where the bodies of 52 prisoners were found.
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It was supposed to be a routine job, police say.The official account given hours after the killing Monday by the governor of Hilla, 92km south of Baghdad, was that militants had attacked the convoy killing 10 prisoners and one policeman in the crossfire.However, a police captain, a second police officer and a senior local official from where the prisoners died in Hilla, all speaking on condition of anonymity while giving an account that differed from the official line, told Reuters no attack took place, and the police had executed the 69 men.The third police officer, who denied that the Hilla prisoners were executed, nevertheless said the reason some of the 69 had been shot was to prevent them from escaping.On June 4, just one week before the assault on Mosul, the chief of police in Hilla held a news conference to display six captives, charged with a car bomb attack that killed 14 people.
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