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Mass grave fuels fear of thousands buried in Sri Lanka war zone

Published on Jan 17, 2014 8:18 PM
 

MANNAR (REUTERS) - The discovery of a mass grave containing more than 30 skulls in northern Sri Lanka has fuelled speculation that there may be many more like it containing the remains of thousands who went missing during the island nation's nearly three-decade war.

The police have suggested that the Tamil Tiger rebels it defeated five years ago could be responsible for the burial, uncovered near a historic Hindu temple in the district of Mannar.

Sri Lanka is already under international pressure to address alleged wartime human rights violations. A failure to probe the discovery could fuel the anger of Western nations demanding an independent international investigation into suspected abuses.

The remains, which workers stumbled on as they dug up roadside paving for a water project, are yet to be identified.

 
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