US intelligence agencies say they have evidence that the Bosnian
Serbs may be exhuming a possible mass grave near the village of
Tartar. Last month aerial photos showed heavy machinery exhuming
bodies from the grave abd reburying them 100 yards away. Intelligence
officials suspect Bosnian Serbs may be pouring chemicals on the
bodies to destroy evidence.
The grave is the largest of the six mass graves around Srebrenica.
It is about 4 miles from a warehouse where a massacre survivor,
Hakija Husejnovic, says as many as 2,000 Muslim prisoners were
executed. The grave has not been visited by the Monitor an is
an irregularly shaped trench 75 to 125 feet long covering 2,125
square feet, according to intelligence officials.
Mr. Husejnovic, who played dead and later escaped, said trucks
loaded with corpses from the warehouse drove in the direction
Another apparent mass grave exists near the village of Sandici,
which is only 1.2 miles from the warehouse mentioned by Husejnovic.
An eyewitness interviewed by the Monitor in September, who requested
anonymity, said he saw a dump truck full of decomposed bodies
coming from the direction of the warehouse and dumping them
into a mass grave in the Sandici area in August.
Nova Kasaba No. 1
Visited by the Monitor Aug. 16.
An apparent human leg bone was found jutting from a patch
of fresh dirt near the main grave.
Nova Kasaba No. 2
Visited by the Monitor Aug. 16. A diploma from a Muslim man
and notes from a town meeting inside the Srebrenica safe area
were found 100 feet from the grave. The two Nova Kasaba graves
are large enough to hold approximately 600 bodies, according
to US intelligence officials.
Sahanici No. 1
Visited by the Monitor Oct. 29. The site consists of a main
grave and a smaller grave, which appear large enough to hold
about 800 bodies.
Sahanici No. 2
Also visited by the Monitor Oct. 29. Two human femurs were seen
on a gravel plateau adjacent to an earthen dam that survivors
say was an execution site. The Monitor reporter was arrested
at the site by Bosnian Serb police before a thorough search
for a mass grave could be conducted.