Mass grave containing 100 bodies found in town south of Mosul, Iraq says

Updated 12:38 PM EST, Mon November 7, 2016
Iraq's federal police reach hills overlooking Hammam al-Alil, south of Mosul, on Friday.
Iraq Federal Police
Iraq's federal police reach hills overlooking Hammam al-Alil, south of Mosul, on Friday.

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Iraqi forces had launched an attack on the town Saturday

Special investigators are being sent to site of the grave, at an agricultural school

(CNN) —  

A mass grave containing the remains of about 100 beheaded civilians has been discovered inside a school in a town south of Mosul, Iraq’s military said in a statement Monday.

The mass grave was found by Iraqi forces in the School of Agriculture on the outskirts of Hammam al-Alil, a town that was recaptured from ISIS on Monday, Iraq’s Joint Military Command said.

“Gangs of ISIS militants continue to commit crimes against our people,” the statement said.

Beheadings and mass graves have become a hallmark of the Sunni terror group.

Special teams are being sent to the site to investigate the killings, the statement said. Beheadings and mass graves have become a hallmark of the Sunni terror group.

Iraq’s federal police forces and army troops attacked Hammam al-Alil – about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) south of Mosul and the last significant settlement on the Tigris River before reaching that city – on Saturday.