Mass Grave Found in Mali, May Hold Bodies of Elite Paratrooper Unit

Deaths likely linked to key junta leader


The discovery Wednesday of a mass grave containing 21 bodies in eastern Mali could soon shed light on the disappearance of a group of elite paratroopers last year and speed up criminal proceedings against the country's most notorious military figure.

The bodies were found and exhumed from a shallow grave in the town of Diago, around 25 kilometres north of the capital of Bamako at around 3am local time, according to Serge Daniel, FRANCE 24's correspondent in Mali.