Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Security forces have run into a mass grave containing relics of more than fifty persons, north of Mosul, a security source said on Monday.
“Troops found the grave at the outskirts of Badush town,” the source told Baghdad Today website.
The relics were for 52 of the security personnel working in Badush prison. “The bodies were shot in the heads and chests,” the source added.
“The relics were transferred to forensic medicine department in Mosul,” the source said.
Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi declared in July victory over IS militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014. More than 25,000 Islamic State militants were killed throughout the campaign. Earlier this month, Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.
Last month, Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.
Thousands of IS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition, was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group.