Tuesday, June 15, 1999 Published at 17:24 GMT 18:24 UK
Mass graves discovered in Kosovo
A US soldier cordons off the Kacanik churchyard
American Nato peacekeepers have sealed off the cemetery in the southern Kosovo village of Kacanik where evidence of mass murders was uncovered on Monday.
One site was found by Dutch troops in the village of Krusa, 15km northwest of Prizren.
"We found what looks like the remains of 20 burnt bodies and it was horrible," said Mike Bos, a spokesman for the Dutch K-For peacekeepers.
One woman said the Serbs had killed her husband and two sons, shot her in the face and burnt down her house.
The next day the Serbs reportedly moved to the village of Hallaq, where locals said they massacred another 20 people after lining them up against a wall.
There are 35 fresh graves in the churchyard at Kacanik, said to contain the bodies of around 85 Kosovo Albanians.
War crimes investigators are on their way to the site, and the discovery is being reported to the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague.
If the sites at Kacanik are confirmed as graves, it would be the first discovery of killings on such a scale since peacekeeping forces entered Kosovo.
One villager said the victims, including children, were killed two months ago when Serbian soldiers threw grenades into a crowd and then shot all those left alive.
He said that those who could run fled up the valley, but the elderly and infirm who could not were shot down by rifle and machine-gun fire from the surrounding hills.
The KLA says it cannot confirm that the graves contain the bodies of the victims of the alleged massacre, but a local doctor who was visiting the cemetery said he too believed that the elderly and infirm of the village had been killed in a massacre.
The doctor added that there had been other massacres in the area during the Nato bombing and that no-one knows who was buried in the graves.
They are all marked with numbers, rather than names.