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Mass grave discovered in Lanka's former war zone

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

A mass grave with 38 skeletons has been discovered in Sri Lanka's former war zone where the government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels were engaged in pitched battles in 2009, officials said today.

Skeletal remains of around 38 people have been found during the ground digging to build a new construction at the old in the north eastern town of

Following the discovery in late March, the site was kept under supervision of M Prabhakaran for further digging.

While the judicial medical officers are carrying out investigations, the skeletal remains are being kept at the hospital.

The has been cordoned off, the police said.

The town was occupied by the during Sri Lanka's civil war between 1983 and 2009.

International rights groups have said that at least 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed by government forces under the command of former in the final months of the war.

Since the end of the military battles, has faced international accusations of rights abuses by its troops .

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 13:55 IST