Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Mass grave revealed in northeast Afghanistan

A mass grave holding the bodies of Afghan victims murdered by officials of the pro-communist government that came to power in 1978 was found in a desert just outside Faizabad in northeast Afghanistan, Reuters reported Thursday.

Bone fragments were discovered during the initial stages of building new residential buildings. Sibghatullah Khaksari, the head of a local government agency, told Reuters that they have dug out 400 bodies, mostly men, so far, but fear there could be more victims. After as many bodies as possible have been identified authorities plan to rebury the remains and erect a monument for remembrance.

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