Saddam Hussein's tomb destroyed by ISIL

The tomb of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein has received heavy damage in the ongoing conflict in Tikrit.

Saddam Hussein's tomb destroyed by ISIL

World Bulletin / News Desk 

The tomb of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein has been almost completely levelled in fighting near Tikrit.

Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed Shia militia are battling to drive ISIL members from Tikrit.

Last year, the local Sunni population said they had removed Saddam's body and taken it to an unknown location.

Militia leaders said ISIL put up a strong fight for the village, and left many bombs.

But there will be suspicions among many in Iraq's Sunni community that the tomb was deliberately destroyed by the Shia militias, he says.

"This is one of the areas where ISIL massed the most because Saddam's grave is here. The ISILset an ambush for us by planting bombs around." said Captain Yasser Numa, an official with the militias.

ISIL said last August that the tomb had been completely destroyed but local officials denied this, saying it had been ransacked and suffered only minor damage.

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