Iraqi forces found a grave containing the relics of eight people executed by Islamic State militants in Mosul, a security source was quoted saying on Wednesday.
The Iraqi Media News Agency quoted the source saying that the Federal Police troops found the grave in al-Tayaran district in western Mosul.
He said the grave contained the relics of eight young people executed by the militants with shots in the head. Most of the bodies were decomposed, according to the source.
As Iraqi troops recaptured areas held by Islamic State militants since 2014, they have regularly run into mass graves of civilians and security agents executed by militants over accusations of fleeing the group’s havens or collaborating with security forces.
Iraqi troops recaptured Mosul in July after more than eight months of operations. It was the place from where Islamic State declared its self-styled “caliphate” in June 2014.
Iraq’s war against the Islamic State displaced millions of civilians both inside and outside the country, and left thousands dead.
Iraq declared victory over Islamic State last Saturday, ending a three-year war to bring down the group’s self-styled “caliphate” declared from Nineveh’s Mosul in 2014. Security continues to comb recaptured areas for remnant cells.