Iraqi officials say 50 bodies have been discovered outside a city south of Baghdad, many of them blindfolded and with their hands bound.
Military spokesman Brig. Gen. Saad Maan Ibrahim says the bodies were discovered on Wednesday in an agricultural area outside the city of Hillah.
Hillah is a predominantly Shiite city about 95 kilometres (60 miles) south of Baghdad.
Ibrahim says an investigation is underway to determine the identities of the dead as well as the circumstances of the killings.
The discovery of bullet-riddled bodies was common during the worst days of Iraq’s sectarian bloodletting in 2006 and 2007.