Remains of Guatemalan civil war victims unearthed

AP News
Posted: Apr 18, 2012 10:47 PM
Remains of Guatemalan civil war victims unearthed

Forensic experts say they have unearthed the remains of 99 Guatemalan civil war victims from clandestine graves inside a military base and are searching for more bodies.

Forensic team member Edgar Telon del Cid says they found 15 pits inside a military post in the city of Coban. He says they are looking for the remains of between 200 and 300 people who disappeared in the area during Guatemala's 36-year civil war.

Telon said Wednesday that the exhumation is the first of seven that have been requested by prosecutors and relatives of the missing.

Guatemala's civil war claimed at least 200,000 victims, most of them Mayan Indians, before it ended in 1996.

The base is currently used for training for special forces who support peace missions worldwide.