Scientists have exhumed pieces of human bones alledgedly showing massacre of Muslim Turks by Armenians in the eastern province of Erzurum.
Scientists have been conducting the exhumation called "bringing the massacre by Armenians into light" in a mass grave in Tepekoy village of Erzurum. They reached the first findings in the scientific exhumation which began at 07:00 a.m. on Tuesday.
Scientists found pieces of human bones and belongings one meter under the ground.
The exhumation is continuing.
Last week, Director of Ataturk University's Research Center for Turkish-Armenian Relations, Dr. Erol Kurkcuoglu, said that in exhumations conducted in Erzurum's Alaca village 268 skeletons were found.
We found 95 skeletons in Yesilyayla village and 300 skeletons in Timar village of Erzurum, Dr. Kurkcuoglu said.
In Erzurum, 9,553 people were massacred by Armenian gangs. Around 50,000 people in the surrounding provinces were butchered by Armenian gangs. A telegraph sent by Russian Lieutenant Colonel Tverdo Khlebov to his unit shows the extent of the massacre committed by Armenian gangs, Dr. Kurkcuoglu said.
Khlebov wrote in his telegraph that he did not want to witness the massacres committed by Armenian gangs, Dr. Kurkcuoglu said.
Armenian gangs generally targeted the elderly, women and children. There are 185 mass graves of people massacred by Armenian gangs in eastern and south-eastern Anatolia. Nine of these mass graves have been discovered to be studied by scientists, Dr. Kurkcuoglu also said.