40 bodies found in Syrian city of Palmyra
The remains of 40 people were found in the Syrian city of Palmyra, which government forces recently recaptured from Islamic State militants.
Syria's state-run news agency reported on Friday that the victims are apparently government soldiers and residents killed by the militants.
The agency says the bodies, including women and children, were all buried in one place.
Syria's government forces regained full control of the ancient city of Palmyra on March 27th. The city had been occupied by Islamic State militants since last May.
The militants are reported to have killed about 400 people in that month alone. The total number killed during the seizure is not known.
The Islamic State group blew up Roman-era temples and tombs in the city. The destruction of the cultural assets caused an international outcry.
Government forces are now removing landmines with help from Russia troops.