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Last Updated: Monday, 9 August, 2004, 15:37 GMT 16:37 UK
Mass grave found in Bosnia mine
A mass grave believed to contain hundreds of bodies of people killed during the Bosnian war has been found in a coal mine near the town of Foca.

Forensic experts say there could be as many as 350 bodies in the waste dump at the site, in the village of Miljevina.

The remains are thought to be those of Muslims who disappeared from a Bosnian Serb detention camp in Foca in 1992.

Last week, a smaller grave believed to contain more than 100 bodies was discovered in the same region.

The Commission for Missing Persons in Bosnia said exhumations at the smaller site were difficult as it was covered by concrete blocks.

A spokeswoman said the exhumations at the smaller site would continue once the work at the Miljevina site had been completed.

Foca, about 70km (45 miles) southeast of Sarajevo, was one of the first Bosnian towns to fall into the hands of the Bosnian Serbs in 1992.

During the war, between 1992 and 1995, around 400 people disappeared from the Foca jail.




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