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Bodies exhumed from mass grave

October 12, 2006

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— Forensic experts said Wednesday they exhumed more than 100 bodies from the sixth mass grave found in a village in eastern Bosnia where Serb forces buried some of the almost 8,000 victims of Europe's worst massacre since World War II.

The team exhumed 96 complete and 64 incomplete bodies from the mass grave at Krcevine on the border with Serbia. Local and international experts have been digging for years in the area, finding so-called "secondary" mass graves.

Serb troops in 1995 overran the eastern Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica, which the United Nations had declared a safe zone, and killed as many as 8,000 Muslim men and boys.

Victims were buried in mass graves, but in order to hide the crimes, the perpetrators later reburied the bodies in various other locations - the "secondary" mass graves.

Much of the moving was done with bulldozers, which complicates the exhumation and identification process because parts of the same body can be found in two or even three different places.

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