September 24, 1995 in Nation/World

Bosnian Forces Find Mass Grave

Compiled From Wire Services

A mass grave filled with 540 bodies was unearthed in northwestern Bosnia after government forces recaptured the area from rebel Serbs, Bosnia’s prime minister said Saturday.

It was unclear whose bodies were in the grave, but they were believed to be Muslims and Croats killed by Bosnian Serbs, said Prime Minister Haris Silajdzic.

The discovery coincided with word of the latest ethnic expulsion by Bosnian Serbs: the driving of almost 500 Muslims from another Serb-held town under government attack.

Expulsions have picked up across Bosnia as a peace deal that would separate ethnic groups grows more likely.

Violence against civilians has been one of the hallmarks of the four years of war in the Balkans, but tales of horror have grown more intense in recent months.

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