14 bodies from 2008 kidnapping found in Iraq

Authorities in northern Iraq have found 14 decomposed bodies of civilians kidnapped in 2008 by al Qaeda in Iraq, police officials told CNN on Thursday.

The bodies, which were buried with ID cards, were found Thursday just west of Samara in Salaheddin province, police said.

Police also found empty bullet casings at the location.

Authorities had gathered intelligence on the graves before finding the bodies.