Russian soldiers walk in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra on March 31. Syrian troops backed by Russian forces recaptured Palmyra on March 27, after a fierce offensive to rescue the city from jihadists.
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April 2, 2016 11:58 AM EDT

Pro-Syrian government fighters uncovered a mass grave with some 40 bodies —including those of women and children — in a city recaptured from ISIS militants earlier this week, state media reported.

NBC News was not immediately able to confirm the report, which emerged Friday.

The troops found the bodies, some of which had been beheaded, as they combed the area near the ancient city of Palmyra seized from ISIS on Sunday, state news agency SANA reported. The troops were continuing to pull the bodies out, according to SANA, which cited a source in the field.

SANA said the grave was in the …

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