The bodies of 14 Iraqi police commandos were found Saturday near a Sunni mosque in southern Baghdad, a police official said.

The bodies were found with their three burned vehicles near Findi al-Kubaisi mosque in Baghdad's southwestern Shurta neighborhood, said Maj. Falah al-Mohammedawi. U.S. forces sealed the area, he said.

The circumstances of their deaths were not immediately clear.

Baghdad has been under an extraordinary daytime curfew since Friday as authorities try to contain deadly sectarian violence that has killed more than 150 people since a revered Shiite shrine was bombed in Samarra on Wednesday.

The Shiite-dominated police commandos were found in a predominantly Sunni neighborhood.