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New suspected IS mass grave found near Mosul

Locals say they saw 40 men - mostly from the security forces - being brought in pickup trucks to suspected execution ground
Members of the Iraqi security forces inspect a mass grave discovered in territory recaptured from IS earlier this month (AFP)

Iraqi forces have found another suspected mass grave containing the remains of victims of the Islamic State group in territory recaptured from the militants near Mosul. 

A team of journalists visited the isolated site that was recaptured recently by elite interior ministry forces, down a dirt track outside the village of Tall Adh-Dhahab, some 10 kilometres south of Mosul.

Bone fragments were scattered around the location along with scraps of clothing - including a man's headdress, ripped trousers and a flip-flop.

The stench was overpowering and several bullet casings could be seen.

Earth was piled in metre-high mounds at the entrance to the shallow pit, located behind a small sand-covered hill.

An officer from the interior ministry forces said local residents reported an estimated 40 people could be buried at the site, which IS allegedly used as an execution ground.

"The majority of them were members of the security forces, army and police," Lieutenant Yahya Jumma told AFP at the scene.

"They brought them by pickup trucks - there were around 40 people according to eyewitnesses who saw them," he said.

Iraqi security forces have discovered several IS mass graves in areas that have been recaptured from the group.

Authorities are investigating a mass grave found last week in the town of Hamam al-Alil to the southwest of the newly discovered site.

Local residents told Human Rights Watch that the grave in Hamam al-Alil could contain some 300 bodies.

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