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More skeletons found, total rises to 53 - Uthayan

A further five human remains were found on Tuesday morning, reported the Uthayan, bringing the total number of remains found at the mass grave in Mannar to 53.

As excavations continue, on Monday the Northern Provincial Council, called for an internationally run investigation into the mass grave in Mannar.

Earlier this month the Bishop of Mannar, who has called for an international investigation into the mass grave due to the lack of credibility associated with any internal process, said that the holes in many of the skulls were believed to be from gunshot wounds.

The grave was initially unearthed when 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 (see also here, here, here, here and here).