Saturday, 26 April 2014

Bosnia: 100 of 400 war victims found in mass grave identified

Forensic experts have managed to identify 100 of nearly 400 people killed during the 1992-1995 war and buried in a mass grave near the northwestern town of Prijedor, the State Prosecutor's Office in Sarajevo said on Friday.

The mass grave, containing the remains of 395 people, was discovered in 2013; it is located near the Tomasica mine outside Prijedor. An investigation has found that the victims are local Bosniaks and Croats who were killed by Serb police and military forces at the start of the war in 1992. Their bodies were brought to the Tomasica mine and buried there, and the mass grave remained hidden for more than two decades.

The exhumation began in June 2013, and the Prosecutor's Office said that the work had been intensified to complete the process as soon as possible. It also said that it was investigating some other locations in the Prijedor area believed to be mass grave sites.

Before the discovery of the Tomasica mass grave, about 1,200 non-Serbs from the Prijedor area were still missing. During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, about 30,000 people were reported missing and about 7,000 of them are still unaccounted-for.

Saturday 26 April 2014


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