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Afghanistan: UN Experts To Probe Mass Graves

Kabul, 11 April 2002 (RFE/RL)-- United Nations experts sent to look into apparent evidence of mass graves found in Afghanistan's central Bamiyan Province have urged a thorough investigation, a spokesman said. The group arrived in the area on 7 April in the wake of the discovery of three suspected graves near Bamiyan Airport, some 125 kilometers northwest of Kabul.

The United Nations has said the graves were apparently dug about one month before the fall of the Taliban government in December.

UN spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva added that there are "strong indications" that there are other mass grave sites yet to be uncovered in the area.

Bamiyan is a bastion of the minority Shiite Hazara group, generally regarded as bitter foes of the Sunni Taliban.