A mass grave containing dozens of rotting bodies of Islamic State members was found in west of Anbar, a senior official said on Sunday.
“Intelligence information enabled security troops of the Tribal Mobilization Forces to reach a mass grave containing bodies of Islamic State bodies,” Shuaib Barzan, tribal commander in al-Baghdadi town, told BasNews website. The troops also managed to fill four trenches that were used by the militants over the past few years, Iraqi News reports.
“Presence of the shelters and trenches in the Jazira region is a danger and obstacle for the residents. All the trenched were filled so the militants cannot hide in or move through it,” he added.
“Tens of bodies of the militants were removed and transferred to forensic medicine department to identify them,” he added.
On Friday, a soldier was killed, while two others were profoundly injured as a bomb, from remnants of war against Islamic State, went off, west of Anbar, as army forces were carrying out an operation at regions at Rutba, near the borders between Iraq and Syria.
Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country.
Thousands of Islamic State 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, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.