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Dozens of bodies found at Khartoum

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A mass grave known to be bodies of conscripts who tried to flee from the military service training camp has been discovered at Southeast of Khartoum, capital of Sudan.

The  killings which took place at al-Eifalon millitary camp are believed to be associated with the mass killings in 1998, where conscripts were trained under Omar al-Bashir, former president of Sudan.

They were believed to have attempted to escape the military camp for the Muslim Eid-al-Adha holiday to spend time with their families.

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Public Prosecutor, Tagelsir al-Hebr confirmed that the bodies were found four days after witnesses testified after a committee was set up to investigate the killings.

Tagelsir al-Hebr noted that students at the time were angry they were denied the chance to spend time with their families during the holiday and many Sudanese families reported that their sons were missing adding that, their remains were never found.

Meanwhile the Sudanese government at the time reported that 55 young conscripts who fled the military camp had drowned, adding that the boat carrying them capsized in the Blue Nile River.

This however dawned on the opposition at the time, and they reported a death toll of more than 100 accusing Omar al-Bashir’s government of masterminding the killings.  

 Member of the investigation committee, Wael Ali Saeed noted that the grave was exhumed and therefore the committee will continue with the forensics in order to examine the evidence.

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Background

The al-Eifalon military camp was then a training ground for new conscripts under the leadership of former ruler, Omar al-Bashir.

He was overthrown by the army in the wake of pro-democracy protests, and is wanted by the International Criminal Court, for the war crimes he committed as well as genocide and crimes against humanity.

Sudan’s new governing bodies is yet to hand him over to the International Criminal Court for prosecution.

Source: Aljazeera

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