BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT SOLDIERS DISCOVER MASS GRAVE IN "CRVENA ZEMLJA" NEAR KLJUC
- Title: BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT SOLDIERS DISCOVER MASS GRAVE IN "CRVENA ZEMLJA" NEAR KLJUC
- Date: 23rd September 1995
- Summary: CRVENA ZEMLJA, NEAR KLJUC, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (SEPTEMBER 23, 1995) (REUTERS TELEVISION - ACCESS ALL) 1. SLV BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT SOLDIERS STANDING AROUND GRAVE SITE IN FOREST CALLED "CRVENA ZEMLJA" 0.07 2. MCU BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT SOLDIER LOOKING AT SITE 0.10 3. SLV/SV/CU BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT SOLDIER DIGGING AT GRAVE, UNEARTHING HUMAN SKULLS/ BODY PARTS (3 SHOTS) 0.34 4. MCU SKULL IN PIT 0.53 5. SLV BOTTLES, ONCE CONTAINING ACID, ALLEGEDLY USED TO TRY TO DESTROY THE REMAINS 1.01 6. SV BODY PARTS BONES AND CLOTHES LYING IN GRAVE PIT 1.03 7. CU SKULL 1.06 8. SLV/CU PLASTIC GLOVES LYING NEXT TO GRAVE SITE(2 SHOTS) 1.13 9. MCU BOOT ON GROUND 1.16 10. SV BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT SOLDIER SAYING THAT THE VICTIMS WERE ALL MOSLEMS AND THAT THEY WERE FROM THE NEARBY VILLAGES AND TOWNS (SERBO-CROAT) 1.45 11. SLV ENTRANCE TO A CAVE, IN WHICH BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT SOURCES ALLEGE HOLDS THE BODIES OF UP TO 500 MORE EXECUTION VICTIMS 1.48 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: CRVENA ZEMLJA (NEAR KLJUC), BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
- Duration: 00:01:48
- Story Text: Bosnian government soldiers on Friday (September 23) started digging skulls out of muddy woodland which they said contained a mass grave of civilians slaughtered by Bosnian Serbs.
They were working in a woodland area called Crvena Zemlja, near Kljuc, which they had captured from Serbs a week earlier.
Bosnian Prime Minister Haris Silajdzic said 540 Moslems and Bosnian Croats "ethnically cleansed" three years ago were buried in the grave in northwestern Bosnia.
The soldiers estimated that the number of dead in the first grave was between 100 to 150 and said they expected to find a further four or five grave sites nearby.
"Traces of acid have been found here," soldier Ejfudin Alibovic told reporters. "They poured acid on the bodies to dissolve the bones." Bosnian Serbs have yet to comment officially on the allegations.
They have denied previous allegations of mass atrocities.
If confirmed, the mass grave would be the first tangible evidence of the major atrocities long alleged against the Bosnian Serbs by survivors, Western news media and the Sarajevo government.
The Bosnian Serbs, who seized large areas of northern Bosnia in 1992, are accused of "ethnically cleansing" them of the Moslem and Croat minorities by large-scale detentions, beatings, rapes, expulsions and killings.
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