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Iraqi armed forces accused of killing 255 Sunnis

A human rights group says Shia-led Iraqi government forces have killed more than 250 Sunni prisoners in the past month.

Human Rights Watch reported the alleged executions on Friday, citing the testimony of local residents across Iraq.

The group says government forces have killed at least 255 Sunni prisoners in 6 cities and villages, including Mosul, since June 6. It says 8 boys were among the victims.

The group says government fighters appear to have carried out the executions in retaliation for the killing of captured Shia soldiers and local residents by Sunni Islamist insurgents.

The group says atrocities committed by the government should receive the same condemnation as those carried out by insurgents.

The Iraqi government denied the killings, saying the report is inaccurate and unfair.

Jul. 12, 2014 - Updated 05:50 UTC