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Mass Grave Found In Afghan Army Compound

The mass grave on the outskirts of Mazar-e Sharif contains at least 10 human skulls.
Afghan officials say they have found a mass grave containing at least 10 human skulls in northern Afghanistan.

The human remains were found on January 4 by construction workers digging to build a car park in an army compound in the Deh Dadi district of Balkh province.

Mohammad Nahim, a spokesman for the Afghan army in the north, said that "10 to 15 skeletons" were unearthed, after which construction work at the site was halted.

Nahim added that the army was allowing forensic and human rights groups to investigate the grave, which was once the site of a major battle during the country's civil war in the 1990s.

compiled from agency reports