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Saigon Begins Search for Suspected Mass Grave Near Tan Son Nhat Runways

Local experts have begun excavating a possible mass grave on the grounds of Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Tuoi Tre reports that last Tuesday a team began surveying and excavating an open field west of one of the airport's runways in an attempt to find the remains of hundreds of soldiers killed during the Tet Offensive.

A similar search operation which took place in 1995 just 100 meters away from the site revealed the remains of 182 soldiers.

Over 1,000 Vietnamese soldiers were killed during a surprise attack carried out by the People's Army of Vietnam on Tan Son Nhat in 1968. The remains of over 300 combatants were never found, according to the news source.

Major General Tran Huu Tai, deputy political commissar of Vietnam's 7th Military Region, told the newspaper, "We will do our best to bring them home."

The land which contains the possible mass grave belonged to the 370th Air Force Division before it was transferred to CT Land, a real estate developer.

[Photo via Tuoi Tre]

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