More than 400 bodies found in Bosnian grave


29/10/2004 - 11:51:09 

http://breakingnews.iol.ie/news/story.asp?j=52374652&p=5z374954

Forensics experts have exhumed 405 bodies from a mass
grave, making it the second-largest such site found in
Bosnia since the end of the 1992-95 war.

The site contains the bodies of Muslims and Croats
killed at two wartime concentration camps, said Esad
Bajramovic, a member of the Muslim-Croat missing
persons commission.

Exhumations will continue for another week at the
grave in Stari Kevljani, 110 miles north-west of
Sarajevo. The mass grave is the 51st found in the
area.

Based on evidence so far collected, most of the dead
appeared to be Bosnian Muslims who had lived in and
around Prijedor and were killed in the Omarska and
Keraterm concentration camps in 1992, Bajramovic said.

“We are dealing with a secondary mass grave and expect
to find another 20 to 30 bodies in it,” he said.

So-called secondary mass graves are sites where bodies
have been moved after being buried elsewhere in an
effort to cover up the crime.

The remains will undergo DNA analysis in an attempt to
identify them.

Over the years, UN and local forensics experts in
Bosnia have exhumed 16,500 bodies from more than 300
mass graves. Thousands of people remain missing
following the war.

About 260,000 people were killed and 1.8 million
driven from their homes during the conflict, which
pitted Bosnia’s Muslims, Croats and Serbs against each
other.





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