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Russians ‘find mass graves of Syrians in Aleppo'

A Syrian army soldier runs to place a national Syrian flag during a battle with insurgents at the Ramouseh front line, east of Aleppo, earlier this month. Picture by Hassan Ammar, Associated Press

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RUSSIAN troops have discovered mass graves in Aleppo neighbourhoods vacated by militants, with bodies showing signs of torture and mutilation, the Russian Defence Ministry has claimed.

The Russians "found mass graves of several dozens of Syrians who suffered atrocious torture and massacre," said ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov.

He said some of the bodies have been mutilated and some had gunshot wounds.

The Russian Air Force has helped Syrian president Bashar Assad to capture Syria's largest city after weeks of a siege. Russia has since dispatched military police to the city.

Maj Gen Konashenkov also criticised the opposition rebels, who controlled eastern Aleppo before they were pushed out earlier this month, for laying multiple booby traps and mines across town, endangering the civilian population.

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