Relics of sixty persons found in mass grave in Mosul’s Old City

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Mosul ( A mass grave containing relics of sixty persons, most of whom were for security personnel, was found in a liberated region in the western side of Mosul city, BasNews reported on Monday.

“Security personnel found a mass grave of Islamic State victims including relics of sixty persons, forty-four of whom were security agents of Nineveh police,” Cap. Ahmed al-Obaidi said.

“There were signs of torture on the bodies, which seemed to have been shot in the heads,” Obaidi said adding that the grave was found in a land at al-Midan region in the Old City, while security troops were combing the area.

Several mass graves were found in areas that were controlled by Islamic State since the Iraqi government, backed by a U.S.-led military coalition, launched a major security offensive in October 2016 to recapture the city of Mosul, Islamic State’s largest stronghold in Iraq.

Earlier this month, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulated Iraqi forces and citizens on the victory over IS militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014. More than 25000 militants were killed throughout the campaign.

Despite declaring victory over IS, the group have reportedly carried out attacks against security forces over the past few days.

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