After more than a week of digging, investigators finally stumble on bones believed to be remains of November 11, 1994, killed soldiers.
Investigator from the Truth Commission and forensic experts from the Gambia Police Force have found the mass grave containing human remains believed to be the soldiers killed on November 11, 1994, Kerr Fatou has been reliably informed.
Close to two dozen soldiers accused of planning a coup to dethrone Yahya Jammeh and his colleagues barely three months after their military takeover were captured and executed on November 11.
Various witnesses before the Truth Commission said the execution happened at Fajara Barracks, Yundum Barracks and inside the Nyambai Forest. However, the remains of the killed soldiers were buried in Yundum Barracks.
After various leads regarding the exact place of the mass grave, a dedicated team of investigators stumbled on the bones after a week of digging.
Kerr Fatou is informed that the Commission’s lead Counsel Essa Faal and chair Lamin Sise have visited the site on Monday.
The team dug an area of about 8 by 10 meters, an entire area identified by the first batch of witnesses, before they could find anything.
The police forensic team is led by Thomas Gomez. He was the one who exhumed the remains of Solo Sandeng and the December 30 attackers 2014 attackers on State House.
Meanwhile, the exhumation continues on Wednesday. After the completion of the exhumation, the forensic experts will now use the DNA samples they got from relatives of victims for their identification.
Gomez also told journalists about a week ago that other vital information peculiar to victims such as their dress and others could be useful in their identification process.