Kosovan Mass Grave Unearthed in Serbia

Site contains bodies of ethnic Albanians
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2010 4:27 AM CDT
A mass grave has been discovered in Serbia believed to contain the bodies of 250 ethnic Albanians who were killed in Kosovo during the 1998-99 Serb crackdown against the separatists.    (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

(Newser) – The bodies of hundreds of people believed to be ethnic Albanian victims of atrocities in the late '90s have been found buried under a parking lot in Serbia. The site near the Kosovan border is believed to contain the bodies of 250 Kosovo Albanians, according to Serbian authorities. The bodies—buried at a site belonging to a state-owned road company—were found after a tip-off to war crimes investigators, the Guardian reports.

Serb forces slaughtered up to 10,000 ethnic Albanians in Kosovo in 1998 and 1999. The bodies were moved from mass graves near Albanian villages to sites in Serbia when it became clear that NATO was going to intervene. Serbia's willingness to publicize this latest find—the sixth such mass grave unearthed in Serbia—highlights the country's shift to facing up to the crimes of Slobodan Milosevic's regime, the BBC notes.

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