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Exhumation of Nov. 11 victims: First suspected “mass grave” turns up empty

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The search for remains of soldiers killed by the military junta on November 11, 1994, has turned up empty as the search begins.

The investigation team of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission and police investigators have dug where they believe the soldiers killed on November 11 have been buried but the search did not yield the desired results.

The investigators have been given conflicting accounts as to the exact place of the mass grave where close to two dozen soldiers killed that day may have been buried.

Two places about 25 meters from the infamous cook house at the Yundum barracks were identified by most eye witnesses, all of them soldiers.

The investigators marked the place and started the digging. The first identified place which was an area of about 10 by 7 meters turns up empty.

A wait of about 10 hours ended with a disappointment but not without hope that the second place identified must have been the unmarked grave.

The team was led by Thomas Gomez, a police forensic expert, and Alagie Barrow, the lead investigator at the TRRC.

The investigators resume the search for the two decades old mass grave tomorrow.

Part of the mandates of the Commission is not just to establish a historical records of the past human rights violations but also to ensure that remains of people who have disappeared be exhumed and returned to their families.

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