News 27 Mar 14

Mass Grave Found Near Bosnia’s Donji Vakuf

Investigators have discovered a mass grave that could contain the bodies of almost 150 murdered Bosniaks in the village of Oborci near the central Bosnian town of Donji Vakuf.

Denis Dzidic

Lejla Cengic, spokesperson for the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said on Thursday that investigators had found a mass grave that could contain the remains of many civilian victims from Prijedor.

“The exhumation hasn’t yet started. We are waiting for the state prosecution’s order. We received the information and we found that there is a mass grave in the village of Oborci. It is suspected that the grave contains the remains of between 100 and 147 people,” said Cengic.

A large number of people from the Prijedor municipality are still missing since the war, said Edin Ramulic, a representative of the victims’ organisation Izvor (Source).

“These could be the victims from this municipality, which were either taken from a [detention] camp or were taken during the closure of some of the camps, even during the [ethnic] cleansing of a village. There were a lot of those situations,” said Ramulic.

Wartime mass graves are still being discovered around two decades after the Bosnian conflict.

Last year a mass grave was found at the Tomasica mines near Prijedor where hundreds of bodies of Bosniak civilians were exhumed. It is believed to be one of the largest of its kind in the country.

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