Turkish troops on Tuesday began digging up bodies in what they claim is a mass grave of Turkish Cypriot villagers massacred by Greek irregular fighters after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.
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Background: Turkish troops on Tuesday began digging up bodies in what they claim is a mass grave of Turkish Cypriot villagers massacred by Greek irregular fighters after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.
The troops uncovered the body of a woman with two children in her arms in a shallow grave in the village of Aloa ten miles (16 kms) from Famagusta.
Major Aycan Eris the Turkish army commander in the area said that although initial diggings just below the surface had so far uncovered only five bodies, about 40 more were thought to be beneath them.
Most of the bodies were likely to be those of the women, girls and young children of Aloa.
Major Eris said that according to reports from survivors of what is claimed was an attack by EOKA B irregulars and other Greek Cypriots, the women and young girls were repeatedly reaped before being killed by sten guns and shotgun fire.
He said Turkish forces discovered the grave after a Greek Cypriot who disapproved of what had happened approached them with information.
"I saw it. I heard it", and old shepherd, Ali Hussein told visiting newsmen.
Spent cartridges were also found near the grave which had been filled in and flattened with machinery.
Major Eris said he was concerned that people in nearby villages might have met a similar fate.