DNA tests identified 10,000 war victims in Bosnia

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) on Tuesday said it has recorded 10,000 DNA matches for victims of the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

DNA tests identified 10,000 war victims in Bosnia
The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) on Tuesday said it has recorded 10,000 DNA matches for victims of the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The commission said it had identified the 10,000th missing person as a man missing from the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica, where Bosnian Serb troops massacred up to 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men on 11 July 1995.

He had been identified through a unique and sophisticated DNA-led analysis system used by the Sarajevo-based organization. "The ICMP hopes to record another 9,000 matches until 2010," ICMP Director Kathryne Bomberger said.

Some 13,000 people remain unaccounted for in Bosnia-Herzegovina since the end of the country's 1992-1995 war, or a total of some 17,500 people in the countries of the former Yugoslavia after a decade of conflicts that followed the dissolution of the state.

The ICMP system of DNA-led identifications, which indicates identity with a certainty of 99.99987 per cent, was established in response to the difficulty in identifying thousands of human remains in the former Yugoslavia.

Established soon after the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina to help identify some 40,000 people missing as a result of the conflicts that followed dissolution of the former Yugoslavia, the ICMP developed the DNA analysis system.

The system has since been used in Iraq and to identify victims of the tsunami in Asia and Hurricane Katrina in the United States.

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