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Serbia Investigates Mass Grave Near Kosovo

Bruno Vekaric
Serbian officials say investigations have started at a mass grave near the Serbia-Kosovo border believed to hold the bodies of some 250 ethnic Albanians killed in the late '90s.

Deputy war crimes prosecutor Bruno Vekaric said exhumations are to follow. Prosecutors believe the bodies were brought from Kosovo to the village of Rudnica -- only five kilometers from the border -- in a cover-up attempt during the region's 1998-1999 conflict.

The grave was discovered in May and could be one of the largest mass graves found in Serbia. Kosovo declared independence in 2008, a move Serbia does not recognize.

compiled from agency reports