Saturday, 5 July 2014

Devastating Bosnian floods unearths mass grave containing 24 people

The remains of 24 people believed to be Muslims and killed during the ethnic cleansing war of the 1990s in Bosnia are exhumed by heavy flooding that hit the country two months ago.

Lejla Cengic, spokesperson for The Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia-Herzegovina (MPI) told AFP on Friday that torrential floods in May removed a three-meter layer of ground, exposing a mass grave site on the left bank of the Bosna River in southern part of the country.

She said 24 bodies were found in the area between the towns of Maglaj and Doboj, after a month-long excavation operation to exhume bodies uncovered by flooding.

“Most of the victims had their hands tied around their backs, while several were killed by a bullet fired at a close range to the neck,” Cengic said.

The remains are thought to belong to Muslim men from the village of Jablanica, near Maglaj, killed by Serb forces in June 1992, at the start of the war.

Their identity will be confirmed by DNA analysis.

Torrential rains hit Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia in mid-May, killing 77 people in the Balkans’ worst floods and landslides in more than a century.

The disaster forced tens of thousands of people from their homes and caused damage estimated at two billion euros.

Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war claimed some 100,000 lives. More than 9,000 people are still missing, official data shows.

Saturday 05 July 2014


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