March 4, 1998 in Nation/World

Bodies Unearthed In Croatia, Bosnia

Compiled From Wire Services

Forensic experts unearthed 68 bodies Tuesday from mass graves in Croatia and Bosnia, continuing the long-delayed process of recovering victims executed in wars in former Yugoslavia.

Thirteen bodies were dug up from a site in the Croatian town of Dalj - 190 miles east of the capital, Zagreb - bringing the total number of victims recovered in the area to 57.

The bodies are believed to be mostly Croatian civilians killed after minority Serbs rebelled against Croatia’s declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.

In neighboring Bosnia, 55 bodies, identified as Bosnian Serbs, were also recovered Tuesday near Jajce, 70 miles northwest of Sarajevo in Bosnian Croat territory.

The victims were killed in September 1995 during the last major Croat offensive before the war ended that December, said Jovo Rosic, head of the Bosnian Serb Commission for Missing People.

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