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Sri Lanka sends bone fragments from mass grave for US analysis

COLOMBO: Bone fragments from probably the most greatest mass graves present in Sri Lanka, since its civil battle ended just about a decade in the past have been sent to the US for analysis, officials said Thursday.

The remains of dozens of men, ladies and kids have been discovered on the web page within the northern Mannar district the place Tamil guerrillas fought security forces all through the war.

The fragments have been sent with a forensic skilled to a Miami-based laboratory this week to decide when the ones buried had died, a senior reliable from the office on missing individuals (OMP) said.

Establishing a timeframe would level to which forces have been in keep an eye on of the realm on the time.

Tamil Tiger rebels and executive forces each held the region at other times all through the war, as did troops from neighbouring India, who have been at the start deployed as peacekeepers in 1987, however ended up combating the Tigers till 1990 when they withdrew.

In a observation, the OMP said it expected a report from the US lab via the top of next month.

The mass grave within the former battle zone was found out in March closing 12 months via construction staff.

The OMP, which is impartial of the federal government however has a state mandate, said just over 300 skeletal remains were discovered up to now, together with the remains of about 20 kids.

The office has wide powers to investigate cases of people still missing after the war and began work closing 12 months.

The report will decide whether or not the bones "are from one or multiple historical periods", the OMP said.

Mannar was the scene of heavy combating between executive forces and the Tamil Tigers all through the civil battle that ended in May 2009.

A government-appointed panel said in 2013 that about 19,000 people have been missing, together with 5,000 security workforce, because the war started in 1972.

Both troops and Tamil rebels have been accused of focused on civilians.

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