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Remains of 409 Bosnian war victims to be buried

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 00:36

July 11 - Thousands flock to the Bosnian town of Srebrenica to bury 409 newly-identified victims of Europe's worst massacre since World War Two. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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Thousands of mourners flocked to a memorial just outside the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica on Thursday to bury 409 newly-identified victims, recovered and identified 18 years after Europe's worst massacre since World War Two. Prayers echoed from loudspeakers as relatives and friends searched for names on cemetery maps and wooden grave markers that will be replaced with white marble tombstones. Among those to be buried were 44 boys, aged between 14 and 18, and a baby girl who died in the United Nations compound, three days after birth. Their bodies were dug out from nameless death pits and recently identified through DNA analysis. Srebrenica was under the protection of the U.N. during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war but lightly armed Dutch troops had been swept aside by the Bosnian Serb troops, commanded by general Ratko Mladic, who overran the town on July 11, 1995. Mladic and his political chief Radovan Karadzic are on trial before the International War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague for genocide over Srebrenica and the siege of Sarajevo, but both have denied charges.

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Remains of 409 Bosnian war victims to be buried

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 00:36