Digging starts at suspected mass grave in Bosnia

Excavation starts as International Criminal Tribunal prosecutor meets victims' groups.

Digging starts at suspected mass grave in Bosnia

World Bulletin / News Desk

Excavation of a suspected mass grave of victims from the Bosnian war began on Wednesday as prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Serge Brammertz, arrived in the country for talks.

In the town of Donji Vakuf, central Bosnia, digging began at a location which is believed to hold about 150 bodies.

"According to our information, in this area should be a greater number of victims of the recent war, Bosniakcivilians," a spokesperson for the Institute for Missing Persons, Lejla Cengic, told Anadolu Agency.

Despite bad weather which makes the terrain difficult to dig, the mechanical exaction was ordered to proceed by the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The site was discovered 10 days ago following research by an investigator. It is believed that this location holds bodiesof 147 Bosniaks, mostly from the town of Prijedor in north-west which suffered mass killings in the 1992-1995 war. 

Brammertz arrived in Bosnia and met with representatives of Bosnian war victims. The president of the Association of Prison Camp Detainees of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jasmin Meskovic, told Anadolu Agency after a meeting with Brammertz, that they were “encouraged” by his visit.

Twenty years after the war many Bosnian families are still searching for 6,500 missing persons, mass graves are still being discovered and excavations at different locations around the country are still ongoing.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Nisan 2014, 12:45