Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops ran into a mass grave containing relics of 170 civilian victims, south of Mosul, a security source said on Tuesday.
Federal Police troops managed to find on Tuesday a mass grave near al-Bou seif village, located south of Mosul, Col. Anbar Mohamed al-Jabri told Anadolu agency.
Joint troops ran into the grave and found relics of 170 civilians who were collectively killed, most probably by Islamic State while being in control on the city.
Most of the victims were men, who were shot in the head, back and the chest, preliminary results showed. They were likely killed more than a year ago.
On July 10, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over IS militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014. More than 25000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, which started in October 2016.
Since the city was declared free, security troops continue to comb western Mosul areas for hidden IS cells. Despite the victory over IS there in the city, observers say IS is believed to constitute a security threat even after the group’s defeat at its main havens across Iraqi provinces.
Around four million civilians were internally displaced, while thousands of others fled toward neighboring countries including Syria, Turkey and other European countries, since IS emerged to proclaim its self-styled “caliphate”.