- Title: BOSNIA: INVESTIGATIORS EXHUME RECENTLY DISCOVERD MASS GRAVE
- Date: 17th September 2000
- Summary: BUNAREVI, 45 KM SOUTH-WEST OF BANJA LUKA, BOSNIA (SEPTEMBER 15, 2000) (REUTERS) 1. GV LANDSCAPE; SLV BRITISH S-FOR TROOPS PREPARING TO REMOVE MINES AND EXPLOSIVES (2 SHOTS) 0.10 2. SCU S-FOR VEHICLES AT SITE (SAPPERS) ROYAL ENGINEER BOMB DISPOSAL SIGN ON VEHICLE 0.13 3. MV BRITISH S-FOR TROOPS DESCENDING INTO PIT; INTERIOR PIT/ FORENSIC EXPERTS SEARCHING FOR BODIES; FORENSICS EXAMINING HUMAN REMAINS; FORENSICS PUTTING BONES INTO PLASTIC BAGS; PLASTIC BAGS BEING TAKEN OUT OF PIT (12 SHOTS) 1.30 4. SCU FORENSIC EXPERTS EXAMINING REMAINS OUTSIDE PIT; SCU HUMAN SKULL COVERED WITH MUD (4 SHOTS) 1.50 5. SCU U.N. POLICEMEN MONITORING PROCEEDINGS; SCU /SLV FORENSICS AT WORK (3 SHOTS) 2.09 6. SOUNDBITE (Bosnian) JASMIN ODOBASIC, EXPERT FROM MOSLEM COMMISSION FOR MISSING PERSONS: "Our experts have problems separating human bones from animal bones inside the pit. We found a lot of explosive material in the pit. We defused two bombs and one other device today (September 15) and more than thirty mines were taken out yesterday (September 14)" 2.33 7. SLV MORE OF S-FOR TROOPS AND VEHICLES AT SITE; SLV SITE (2 SHOTS) 2.43 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: BUNAREVI, 45 KM SOUTH-WEST OF BANJA LUKA, BOSNIA
- Country: Bosnia
- Reuters ID: LVACJ2CRUCKT28JMDA4RJ5EXUCO8
- Story Text: Investigators have found at least 20 bodies believed
to be Muslims killed by Bosnian Serb forces buried in a pit in
A two-day exhumation of remains from the 30-metre-deep
(33-yard-deep) Bunarevi pit 45 km (28 miles) southwest of
Banja Luka ended on Friday (September 15).
Animal bones had been mixed with the human remains in the
pit, making it difficult to determine the exact number of
victims. British troops from the NATO-led peacekeeping force
had helped remove mines and other explosives.
The victims are believed to be Muslims killed by Bosnian
Serbs in 1992.
An official at the exhumation site said on Friday that the
commission was caught by surprise when it found a large number
of mines and explosives at the bottom of the pit.
"We defused two bombs and one other device today and more
than 30 mines were taken out yesterday", said Jasmin Odobasic,
an expert from the Muslim Commission for missing persons.
The Muslim Commission for Missing Persons says it has so
far exhumed some 6,050 bodies from 182 mass graves and around
2,000 single graves in Bosnia.
Some 23,000 Bosnians, mostly Muslims, remain missing after
the war, which claimed some 200,000 lives.
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