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Large mass grave found in Bosnia, mostly Muslims

 A large mass grave, believed to hold the ethnic cleansing victims of Srebrenica massacre during the 1995-1992 war, has been found in Bosnia, officials say.

According to Bosnia's Institute for Missing Persons the mass grave was discovered in the village of Tomasica near the town of Prijedor.

The Tomasica tomb was known for years, but the exact venue and details of the victims were known only to local Serb witnesses.

Finally local witnesses, some of them former separatist Bosnian Serb fighters, admitted the location.

Lejla Cengic, spokeswoman for the Missing Persons Institute, said they now know more about the identities of those killed.

“Bodies were found piled up ten meters under the ground’s surface. Some identification documents were found next to bodies so now we can say that victims were residents of villages of Biscana, Sjenica, Rizvanovica and Carapova,” said Cengic.

Most of the victims are believed to be Bosnian Muslims, or Bosniaks, and Croats killed by Bosnian Serb forces in one of the worst ethnic cleansing campaigns.

The forensic workers said the victims were all shot dead.

On Tuesday, the remains of 18 people, including men, women and children, were unearthed from the 3,000-square-meters grave.

Witnesses say around 1,000 bodies were buried at the site originally but there are indications that some were later dug up and moved elsewhere.

Cengic said that Tomasica, which is one of almost 100 mass graves in Bosnia, could prove the largest single mass grave in the country. Crni Vrh in eastern Bosnia, the largest excavated so far, contained 629 bodies.

The inter-ethnic war in Bosnia left about 100,000 people, most of them Muslims, dead and more than two million people became refugees or internally displaced persons.
Source: Press TV