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Holes in skulls from gunshots - Bishop of Mannar

Skeletons found at Mannar mass grave had holes in skulls, believed to be from gunshots wounds said the Bishop of Mannar, Rayappu Joseph, speaking to Reuters.

"This grave has grown-up people and children, and there are some holes in the skulls believed to be from gunshots,"

"We don't know who killed these people. This is an area that was held by army for a long time. Wherever there has been LTTE or army camps, we must dig."

The Bishop of Mannar had earlier called for an international investigation into the mass grave to ensure complete transparency.

A total of 36 remains have been found since construction workers found two human skeletons on December 20th when digging in Thirukketheeswaram. The following week, a further four skulls were unearthed, with more over subsequent weeks. Last week, 8 more remains were found, whilst another four skulls were found yesterday.

The TNA MP Sumanthiran told Reuters,

"The loss of lives, according to us, is between 75,000 to 150,000. Where are those remains?"

"They must be somewhere. If they were put into incinerators and destroyed, we don't know. But we don't think more than 100,000 would have been dealt with like that."

The Sri Lankan military have denied that the area was under their control, and have blamed the LTTE for the grave.

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