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Mali mass grave unearths 21 bodies of soldiers: Families to identify remains

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Mali officials report that a mass grave has been discovered not far from a military base. The 21-bodies are believed to be soldiers killed after a 2012 coup put a junta chief in power, according to CNN News on Dec. 5.

The 21-bodies were unearthed in this mass grave, which was discovered by investigators in the village of Diago, which is north of Bamako. The leader of the 2012 coup was arrested last week and charged with complicity in kidnapping, General Amadou Sanogo.

The investigators were aware of the grave, as they’ve been working this case since April of 2012, which was right after the coup. They didn’t realize that the grave contained so many bodies. The 21 bodies were all males from different ethnic groups.

The mass grave contains the bodies of the soldiers who were killed during this take over. This take over brought chaos to the West African county. The military camp in Diago housed both green berets and red berets soldiers. It is not known which group the dead soldiers belonged to.

Forensic investigators now have the daunting task of identifying the bodies, which have been removed from the grave. Soldiers that went missing during the coup will be identified by their family members. The relatives of the dead have been asked to help identify the bodies.

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