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Mass graves excavated at former military outpost in Guatemala

Jorge Dan Lopez / Reuters

An anthropologist looks at a shoe as she works in a mass grave in the former Regional Command headquarters of the Guatemalan Army in Coban,Guatemala on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.

Jorge Dan Lopez / Reuters

An anthropologist works in a mass grave on Tuesday.

Reuters reports: The Public Ministry on February 27 began an exhumation at the former headquarters in Coban, which was called Military Zone 21 during the years of the internal armed conflict from 1960-1996. A total of 30 skeletons, with their hands tied behind their backs, have been found, according to anthropologists. An estimated 250,000 people died and 45,000 people were victims of forced disappearance during the conflict, according the local media.



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