Skeletons, skulls under Afghanistan's presidential palace

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Posted: Oct 06, 2015 11:23 AM
Skeletons, skulls under Afghanistan's presidential palace

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president palace says skulls and bones belonging to two bodies have been uncovered beneath a kitchen during renovation work on the palace grounds.

The identity and cause of death of the skeletons are a mystery.

Tuesday's palace statement says the remains have been sent for forensic examination. It also says that a commission, including representatives of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission and Physicians for Human Rights, has been set up to identify the bodies.

Afghanistan has had a long history of unearthing mass graves of unidentified victims of war, many linked to former warlords.

In 2002, around 2,000 bodies were found in a mass grave in northern Afghanistan, believed to be Taliban fighters killed after being taken prisoner during fighting that overturned their six-year regime.