orensic experts on Monday unearthed the first remains and clothing of victims from a newly found mass grave expected to contain the bodies of 72 Muslims killed in eastern Bosnia during the 1992-95 war.
“We expect to find the remains of 72 victims, at least of them 16 of children,” Murat Hurtic, a regional head of the Commission for Missing Persons, told The Associated Press.
The excavation site, about the size of a tennis court, was opened on Friday in the village of Zaklopaca, near the border with Serbia about 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Sarajevo.
It is believed to contain the remains of Muslims killed by Bosnian Serb forces at the beginning of the country’s war. Forensic experts will be digging as deep as 3.5 meters (12 feet) in some sections to find the remains, some of them dismembered.
Work at the site is expected to last at least a month because the exhumation of the grave site is difficult because several tons of stones were dumped on top of it from a nearby stone pit in an attempt to hide the location, Hurtic said.
The remains will be taken to a lab in the northern town of Tuzla for DNA analysis in an attempt to identify them.
Most of the remains are believed to be those of Muslims from Zaklopaca killed in May 1992 at the beginning of the war. The site is a so-called secondary grave, where bodies initially buried elsewhere were dumped, Hurtic said…