Slovenia: Mass grave with post-WWII victims found

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Posted: Oct 22, 2010 12:10 PM
Slovenia: Mass grave with post-WWII victims found

A Slovenian official in charge of exhumations says a new mass grave containing remains of victims killed by antifascists after World War II has been discovered in a covered-up wartime trench.

Marko Strovs told the AP on Friday the authorities began to examine the 120-meter-long (400-foot)-long by 3.5-meter-long (11.5-feet-wide) trench in the village of Mostec a day earlier and have found remains. He says the work will continue to determine how many bodies might be buried there.

The state-run Radio Slovenija says that according to post-war testimonies, it could contain several thousand bodies of soldiers and civilians.

Slovenia was a route to the West for Nazi collaborators from Yugoslavia who tried to flee post-war reprisals. Dozens of mass graves have been found.