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Colombia to begin large-scale excavation of mass grave

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Colombian officials will soon undertake a massive exhumation of bodies that could prove to be the largest in the country's history.


   Authorities are set to begin unearthing a mass grave in Colombia's second-largest city on July 27.


   The bodies of dozens of people are believed to be buried in Medellin, their deaths the result of decades of fighting among paramilitaries, leftist guerrillas and drug traffickers.


   National prosecutor's office spokeswoman Caterina Heyck says workers could discover more than 100 bodies, though it's hard to know in advance what they will find.


   In recent years, officials have exhumed thousands of bodies left in unmarked graves and attempted to return the remains to family members.

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