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ISIS has dumped thousands of bodies in a 100-foot-wide 'death' sinkhole


Mass grave site

ISIS has been dumping thousands of bodies in a sinkhole in the desert near Mosul.  According to a Washington Post report, officials have known about the sinkhole, but now they have a lead as to the approximate number of victims who may have perished over the years.

The sinkhole, or "khasfa," reportedly holds up to 4,000 victims, but the full scale might not be known for years.

Latest victims

With explosives planted in the area around it, the khasfa claimed its latest victims last week.

Shifa Gardi, a 30-year-old reporter for the Kurdish television channel Rudaw, died with a militia commander and four other soldiers when the group set off a booby trap near the site. 

A Rudaw reporter this week carried Gardi's microphone around the ISIS death sinkhole.

In these two images you can get a glimpse of the sinkhole.

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