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Soviet-era mass grave found in Bagram

Soviet-era mass grave found in Bagram

May 01, 2013 - 16:44

CHARIKAR (PAN): A mass grave, dating back to the 1970s when Soviet-backed communists were in power, has been unearthed in the Bagram district of central Parwan province, residents and officials claimed on Wednesday.

The mass grave was found on Tuesday when an excavator was loading sand on a truck in the Youzbashi village of the district, resident Abdul Sattar told Pajhwok Afghan News. The villagers informed security personnel, who pulled 20 bodies out of the crypt.

Sattar believed the victims were from Youzbashi, Tokhchi, Deh Mullah and Ghulam Ali villages of Bagram and Koh-i-Safi. Some religious scholars, teachers and other people had been detained by the governments of Noor Mohammad Taraki and Hafiz-ul-Amin in 1978 and 1979. The captives had been unaccounted for. Three of the corpses were of children. Funeral prayers for the victims would be held later in the day in the village, said another resident, Abdul Hadi. District police chief, Col. Zamaray Nasiri, confirmed finding the mass grave, saying a dozen dead bodies had been retrieved from the Soviet-era sepulcher. myn/mud