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Bodies of at least 12 children excavated from Mannar mass grave

The bodies of at least 12 children have been excavated from the mass grave in Mannar, as the number of bodies found in total continued to rise this week.

Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) Saminda Rajapaksha confirmed with JDS that the remains of 12 children had been discovered, with excavations continuing. The Daily Mirror reports that 114 skeletons had been discovered to date.

"Some of the bodies are incomplete," Rajapaksha told JDS. "Parts of a hand or a leg could be missing at present. It doesn't mean that they are not human skeletons. Further excavations might reveal the missing parts."

See more from JDS here and Daily Mirror here.