Saturday, 5 October 2013

Dozens of bodies discovered in Bosnian mass grave

Dozens of bodies discovered buried in a mass grave in northern Bosnia are believed to be those of Bosniak Muslims and Croats killed by Serb forces in the early days of the civil war.

Forensics experts have already uncovered 94 bodies at the site in the village of Tomasica, near the Bosnian town of Prijedor, 260km north west of Sarajevo, and say they expect to disover many more.

Initial excavations unearthed a seven metre thick layer composed of human remains hidden under artificial embankments.

The victims are believed to be Muslims and Croats from the Prijedor area killed in the summer of 1992, when Bosnian Serb forces had taken control of the region.

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They were killed in a brutal campaign to eliminate all non-Serbs from parts of the country they controlled during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

Paramilitary units and the Bosnian Serb army expelled the non-Serb population, destroyed their homes and separated families while forcing thousands into detention camps where many were tortured and later executed.

Pictures of emaciated inmates at one of the detention camps, Omarska, resembling images from the Holocaust, shocked the world in the summer of 1992.

More than 3,300 people were reported missing from the Prijedor area. So far the remains of more than 2,000 victims have been found and identified, mostly by DNA analysis.

Bosnia’s prosecution office said they expect this to be one of the largest mass graves ever found in this part of the country.

Saturday 5 October 2013


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