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19 Bodies Exhumed From Bosnian Mass Grave

August 31, 2005

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) _ The bodies of 19 Muslim victims of a Serb attack _ including nine members of a single family _ have been exhumed from a mass grave in southern Bosnia, forensics experts said Tuesday.

The grave contained the bodies of victims of an attack on the village of Ciser at the beginning of Bosnia’s 1992-95 war.

The forensic team began the exhumations Friday and finished on Sunday. Among the 19 bodies, the team found 12 women, said Sanja Mulac, head of the forensic team.

Mulac said documents were found on most of the bodies but the remains will still undergo DNA analysis for further identification. Documents found at the site indicated nine members of a single family were among the victims, she said.

Mulac said evidence also showed the victims were killed just yards from the mass grave.

Over the years, U.N. and local forensics experts in Bosnia have exhumed 16,500 bodies from more than 300 mass graves. Thousands of people remain missing and are presumed dead 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, Catholic Croats and Orthodox Serbs against each other.

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