Around 300 Bodies of Bosnian Muslims Found in Mass Grave

July 23, 2004

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AP

On July 23, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Forensics experts unearthed the bodies of 51 Bosnian Muslims from a mass grave Friday believed to contain the remains of up to 300 people killed during the 1992-95 war. The Bosnian Muslim Commission for the Search for Missing Persons found the bodies in the mass grave in Bratunac, about 55 miles northeast of Sarajevo, after nine days of exhumations, prosecutor Fatima Hadzibegovic said. The remains were to be taken to a lab for DNA analysis in an attempt to identify them. The site is a so-called secondary grave, where bodies initially buried elsewhere were dumped. U.N. and local forensics experts so far have exhumed 16,500 bodies from more than 300 mass graves found since the end of the Bosnian war, in which about 250,000 people were killed and another 1.8 million driven from their homes. More than 20,000 people remain missing and are presumed dead."