In Safina village, about 45 km (30 miles) south of Mosul, 15 civilians were killed and their bodies thrown into the river in an attempt to spread terror. Photograph: (AFP)
The UN said it also received new information reinforcing the belief that fighters were using human shields to fight the battle
The United Nations human rights office said on Tuesday it had preliminary reports about scores of killings by the Islamic State (IS) around Mosul in the past week, international news agency Reuters reported.
The UN also said it received new information reinforcing the belief that fighters were using human shields to fight the battle.
UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a regular UN briefing in Geneva that the bodies of 70 civilians with bullet wounds had been discovered by Iraqi security forces in Tuloul Naser village on October 20, according to Reuters.
Fifty former police officers who were held outside Mosul city were reportedly killed on Sunday, Colville added.
He said the reports, from a variety of sources used in the past, were hard to verify, so they should be treated as preliminary and not definitive, Reuters reported.
(WION with inputs from Reuters)