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Bosnia unearths 12 bodies of Muslims from mass grave

9th Jun 2019
Bosnia unearths 12 bodies of Muslims from mass grave

BELGRADE, Serbia (AA): Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Institute for Missing Persons discovered bodies of twelve war victims in a new mass grave on Friday.

The authorities on Wednesday had discovered a new mass grave at Igman Mountain near the capital Sarajevo.

Emza Fazlic, spokeswoman of the institute, told Anadolu Agency that they are assuming that the bodies belong to Bosniak civilians killed during the war from 1992 to 95.

Fazlic also said that they are assuming a total of 12 victims are buried in the grave.

“These people were trying to reach the safe area through Igman mountain and they were cut off and killed. We think that we can find four more bodies,” said Fazlic.

She added that they have also found bullet casings as well as personal items of the victims around the mass grave.

The bodies will be put on DNA test for identification.

The war imposed by Serbia has left more than 100,000 people killed and over 7,000 people still missing.

When the conflict ended, 31,500 people remained missing. The bodies of some 25,000 have since been exhumed from mass graves, but few have been found in recent years, according to AFP.

More than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were butchered by Bosnian Serb forces in the July 1995 Srebrenica massacre, the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II and deemed genocide by international justice.

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Photo: A Bosnian woman prays during her visit at Martyrs’ Memorial Cemetery Kovaci during the second day of Eid al-Fitr (also regarded as the Martyrs’ Day in Bosnia and Herzegovina) in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 5, 2019. Photographer: Samir Yordamoviç/AA]

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