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"According to our knowledge, regrettably, all the detainees were Sunnis," Mohsen Abdul-Hamid, head of the Iraqi Islamic Party, told The Associated Press. "In order to search for a terrorist, they used to detain hundreds of innocent people and torture them brutally."
Amnesty International also said it had recently received information of four people who were tortured while detained by Iraqi security forces.
"There have been many reports of torture and maltreatment of Iraqi detainees by the Iraqi police and security forces belonging to the Ministry of Interior such as the Wolf Brigade," spokeswoman Nicole Choueiry said.
Most insurgents are Sunni Arabs, who were dominant under Saddam Hussein's regime but lost power after his ouster.