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44-year-old mass grave found in Afghanistan

Sathia Kumar

The Taliban government has said that a mass grave has been found in the eastern province of Khost.

The Taliban government has said that a mass grave has been found in the eastern province of Khost. The grave is believed to date back to the time of the Soviet-backed government and contains the remains of about 100 people.

The grave was discovered on Saturday (February 10) during construction work on a dam in the Sarbani area of central Khost.

Khost city mayorBismillah Bilal told AFP that initial information suggests that the people whose remains were found in the mass grave were killed and buried in 1358 of the Afghan calendar. 1358 of the Afghan calendar corresponds to April 1979 to March 1980 of the Christian calendar.

Bilal said that at least 100 remains have been found in the mass grave. Some of the remains were found wearing women’s clothing. It is believed that all of the victims were civilians.

Local residents said that the remains are those of people who were killed during the Soviet-backed communist coup in 1978.

A committee has been tasked with exhuming the remains. Local residents are helping municipal workers to remove the remains.

In 2009, another mass grave from the Soviet-backed regime was found. It was claimed to contain the remains of at least 20 people.

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