Nineveh, IRAQ — A huge mass grave composed of remnants of more than 100 victims, executed by ISIS, has been found, south of Mosul, a security source from Nineveh Operations Command said on Saturday.
“Testimonies of local residents enabled army troops to reach the grave, located at al-Ramdaniyah village in Qayyarah, south of Mosul,” Col. Saleh al-Sherifi told BasNews.
“The grave contained relics of more than 111 victims,” Sherifi added. “The relics had symptoms of shooting at chests and heads.”
“Most of the victims were civil servants from the Nineveh elections commission office and security personnel,” he said.
ISIS militants, according to Sherifi, executed the victims and buried them at the grave during their control on Mosul, which lasted for three years, Iraqi News reported.
Security troops ran into tens of mass graves at regions recaptured from ISIS. More than 70 graves, including Yazidis killed by ISIS, were also found.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi declared in July victory over ISIS militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014. More than 25,000 Islamic State militants were killed throughout the campaign. Abadi announced, in December, full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against ISIS members.
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.
The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016. Though most of the daily bombings go without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has declared it had been behind many.