Middle East

Iraqi officials identify 6 victims from 2 Ramadi mass graves

An Iraqi security forces forensic team works at 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 works at 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 six dead bodies have been identified in the two mass graves recently unearthed in the western city of Ramadi.

The mayor of Ramadi, Ibrahim al-Osag, said Thursday that the six victims were identified as a policeman, his wife and son, two security personnel and a civilian. Al-Osag says the bodies, and those of some two dozen others, were reburied after DNA samples were taken.

Councilman Athal al-Fahdawi says 32 bodies have been exhumed so far, and authorities are waiting for more forensic teams.

Arrested Islamic State militants led authorities on Tuesday to two mass graves inside the city's soccer stadium, believed to contain up to 40 bodies.

Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar, fell to IS in May 2015 and was liberated in December.