Iraqi forces discovered a mass grave Northwest of Fallujah believed to contain the bodies of 400 soldiers and civilians.
The burial site was found in the town of Saqlawiya by security forces who were clearing mines in the area.
“The mass grave contains about 400 bodies of members of the military,” a colonel in the Anbar police told AFP anonymously as he is not authorized to speak with the press. “There are also some civilians.”
Most of the victims appeared to have been executed, shot in the head.
The bodies, believed to be mainly Iraqi soldiers killed by the ISIL in late 2014 and early 2015, are being removed from the burial site for identification.
“The mass grave also includes civilians executed by Daesh on various charges such as spying or breaking the organization’s rules,” said a member of the Anbar provincial council, Rajeh Barakat, to AFP.
The city of Fallujah fell to ISIL in January 2014.