Troops to Probe Reported Discovery of 30 Bodies

The Iraqi army said Sunday it has dispatched troops to investigate a report that 30 beheaded corpses were found in a village north of Baghdad.

Brig. Saman Talabani, commander of the Iraqi Army 2nd Battalion, said the bodies were reported by residents in Mullah Eid, a village near the town of Buhriz, a former Saddam Hussein stronghold about 35 miles north of Baghdad.

Saddam is a member of the minority Sunni Arab sect that ruled Iraq for decades and brutally oppressed majority Shiites and Kurds.

Talabani said he had sent a battalion of soldiers to join a team from Diyala hospital to deal with the reported victims.

Iraq has seen a flurry of sectarian killings among Sunnis and Shiites since the Feb. 22 bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra, a predominantly Sunni city, 60 miles north of Baghdad.