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Bosnia buries 284 war victims unearthed from gruesome death pit

Published on Jul 20, 2014 11:15 PM
 
Bosnian Muslims pray in front of coffins of their relatives during a mass funeral in the village of Biscani, near Prijedor, on Sunday, July 20, 2014. The remains of 284 victims of the Bosnian war were laid to rest on Sunday having been unearthed from what is believed to be the largest mass grave of Europe's worst conflict since World War II. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KOZARAC, Bosnia (REUTERS) - The remains of 284 victims of the Bosnian war were laid to rest on Sunday having been unearthed from what is believed to be the largest mass grave of Europe's worst conflict since World War II.

Thousands of relatives from Bosnia and across Europe gathered in collective Islamic prayer for the mainly Muslim Bosniak victims, including 21 members of the same family, on a soccer field in the northwestern town of Kozarac.

Coffins draped in green cloth lined the pitch. "I think we will be at peace tomorrow, when all this is over," said Amela Kadiric, who came from the Netherlands to bury her father and three uncles, killed in a wave of Serb ethnic cleansing during Bosnia's 1992-95 war.

Around 100,000 people died in the conflict, which scattered Bosnians across the globe. Asked how many members of her extended family had been killed, Kadiric replied: "Nobody knows."

 
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