Middle East

Iraqi police find 2 mass graves in Islamic State-free Ramadi

  • Iraqi security forces including a forensics team work at the site of a mass grave, one of two discovered containing the bodies of dozens of men, women and children killed by Islamic State group militants, in the stadium area in Ramadi, 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (AP Photo)

    Iraqi security forces including a forensics team work at the site of a mass grave, one of two discovered containing the bodies of dozens of men, women and children killed by Islamic State group militants, in the stadium area in Ramadi, 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • A member of an Iraqi security forces forensic team sifts through the site of a mass grave, one of two discovered containing the bodies of dozens of men, women and children killed by Islamic State group militants, in the stadium area in Ramadi, 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (AP Photo)

    A member of an Iraqi security forces forensic team sifts through the site of a mass grave, one of two discovered containing the bodies of dozens of men, women and children killed by Islamic State group militants, in the stadium area in Ramadi, 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Iraqi security forces forensic team uses a digger at the site of a mass grave, one of two discovered containing the bodies of dozens of men, women and children killed by Islamic State group militants, in the stadium area in Ramadi, 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (AP Photo)

    An Iraqi security forces forensic team uses a digger at the site of a mass grave, one of two discovered containing the bodies of dozens of men, women and children killed by Islamic State group militants, in the stadium area in Ramadi, 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Iraqi officials say police have unearthed two mass graves in the western city of Ramadi, with bodies of about 40 people killed by Islamic State militants.

The officials say the people were killed when the extremist Sunni group ruled the city. They say arrested IS militants led authorities on Tuesday to the site of the mass graves, inside the city's soccer stadium.

The two officials say bodies of women and children were among those found, along with bodies of men in civilian clothes. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to reporters.

Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar, fell to IS in May, a major setback for U.S.-allied Iraqi forces at the time. It was liberated in December.