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Forensic probe on mass grave

2013 Dec 24


Forensic examinations are underway to determine the age of the mass grave in Mannar, the police said today.

“A judicial medical officer has gone to the site. Further forensic examinations are underway to determine the age of the mass grave,” police spokesman Ajith Rohana told AFP. “Additional staff are being inducted for the investigation.” There was no immediate indication who the victims were or how and when they had died.

The unmarked mass grave found in Mannar is the first discovery of an unmarked gravesite since troops defeated the LTTE more than four years ago, the AFP news agency quoted the police as saying.

Construction workers in the coastal district of Mannar stumbled on at least 10 skeletal remains buried at a location where they were laying a new water pipe, the police spokesman said.

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