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U.N. finds mass grave in South Sudan, 75 feared dead

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 24, 2013 at 9:14 a.m.

BERLIN — The United Nations said Tuesday that its staff members have found a mass grave in South Sudan's oil rich Unity State.

The U.N. human rights office said staff who visited the site Monday in the northern town of Bentiu counted 14 bodies in the grave and 20 more at a nearby river.

A spokesman for the Geneva-based office said Tuesday that the bodies are among 75 ethnic Dinka who were reported to the U.N. as "unaccounted for and feared dead."

Ravina Shamdasani said the victims were reportedly members of the Sudan People's Liberation Army.

She said there are unconfirmed reports of least two more mass graves in Jebel-Kujur and Newside, near Juba, the capital.

Shamdasani had initially said they had discovered 75 bodies, but later revised that account.

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