50 Bosnian War Victims Exhumed
May. 20, 1999
MOSTAR, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) _ A Muslim-Croat forensic team Wednesday exhumed the bodies of 50 civilians killed during the 3 1/2-year Bosnian civil war.
The victims, mostly men, were killed in June 1992 by Bosnian Serb units in the village of Zijemlje, some 25 miles east of the local administrative center of Mostar, Muslim-Croat officials said.
In the last 10 days, experts have found 124 bodies in the area, said Sanja Mulac, a member of the Muslim-Croat Commission for Missing Persons.
``We will continue to work with exhumations in southern Bosnia,'' Mulac said, adding that the commission is looking for the bodies of more than 520 people who were killed in the war, according to witnesses in this part of the country.
The war ended in 1995 with the Dayton peace agreement. During 1998, commissions representing Croats, Muslims and Serbs investigated more than 250 sites across Bosnia, recovering about 1,700 bodies.
More than 20,000 people are officially still missing.