Turkey launches second dig after remains of humans found

Prosecutors have decided to restart digs in the Mutki district of Bitlis province, where the remains of 12 human bodies were recently found.

Turkey launches second dig after remains of humans found

World Bulletin / News Desk

Prosecutors have decided to restart digs in the Mutki district of Bitlis province, where the remains of 12 human bodies were recently found.

Investigators looking for the bodies of people who went missing in the 1990s -- allegedly as a result of the activities of an illegal network inside the gendarmerie called JİTEM -- found on Jan. 5 the remains of 12 human bodies in Mutki.

JİTEM is thought to be responsible for most of Turkey's unsolved murders in the predominantly Kurdish East and Southeast.

Enis Gül, head of the Bitlis Bar Association, said the digs were started with the suspicion that there could be “another mass grave.”

The particular area that was excavated as part of the investigation was chosen based on information in an application the Bitlis Prosecutor's Office received about six months ago, tipping investigators off as to the possible location of bodies.

So far, bones as well as pieces of clothing that belonged to 12 individuals have been found in the excavation that started on Wednesday at a foothill near the Mutki Gendarmerie Command. The finds have been sent to the Council of Forensic Medicine (ATK) for forensic examination.


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