Vietnam: Mass grave of 47 communist commandos found

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 23, 2010 07:48




HANOI, Vietnam — An official on Thursday announced that a mass grave has been found containing the remains of 47 communist commandos killed during the Vietnam War.

Lu Dinh Phu said eight of the bodies have been identified. Phu is the deputy chief of Nghia Hanh district in central Quang Ngai province, where the grave is located.

The commandos were believed to have been killed during their attack on a building used by the US-backed Saigon government in January 1968.

Former commandos who survived the attack tipped the government to the site of the grave.

The war ended in 1975 when communist North Vietnamese forces overran Saigon, the former capital of South Vietnam, now known as Ho Chi Minh City. About 58,000 Americans and 3 million Vietnamese were killed in the conflict.


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