By Graham Gurrin www.dailymail.co.uk
The Slovenian and Croatian delegations have laid a wreath at the entrance of the mine near Lasko, where a post-Second World War mass grave was discovered last week.
Croatian Deputy Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor told the Slovenian news agency, STA, that she was horrified by the sight of the victims in photographs.
The mass grave in eastern
Remains of victims believed to have been killed after the Second World War, have been found in a mining shaft in Huda Jama, Slovenia
‘We’ve found the mummified remains of between 200 and 300 people,’ Marko Strovs, head of the government’s military graves department, told journalists.
He added that the victims ‘appeared to be killed with gas’ since there were no visible signs of wounds from firearms.
Investigators and historians on Tuesday removed concrete walls built after the Second World War to close off the Huda Jama cave near Lasko, some 90km east of the capital
The victims are believed to have been pro-Nazi soldiers killed by the former Yugoslavia's communist regime
The investigation of the Huda Jama cave started last August as part of a long-running probe of more than 500 suspected mass graves throughout
They are believed to contain the remains of pro-Nazi collaborators who sought to escape from the former
The identities of the victims in Huda Jama remain unclear. However, accounts from local residents indicate they were pro-Nazi collaborators from
Croatia's Deputy Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor (left) prays near the Huda Jama mining shaft where remains of 300 collaborators have been found
‘Current information, based on oral testimony, indicates that the slain people could have been Slovenian or Croatian citizens,’ Valic told the STA.
State prosecutor Barbara Brezigar also visited the site and described seeing the remains as ‘horrible’.
‘It is one of the most shocking things you could see in your life,’ Brezigar told journalists.
She said any investigation into the crimes would be difficult since most of those responsible were probably dead.
Joze Balazic, of the Institute for Forensic Medicine,
‘It seems that they [the victims] had to undress and take off their shoes before they were killed. We did not see any small-size or children’s shoes,’ Balazic told reporters, suggesting that most of the victims were soldiers.
Members of a forensics team stand outside the Barbara-rov mining shaft in Huda Jama, where they are documenting the gruesome discovery
Most of the bodies were found in a 15m-long and 2.5m-wide underground passage some 400m from the entrance to the cave.
He added that there are another two passages in the cave where more bodies could be found, but that these will only be investigated in a month’s time, after the first one is documented and a way through is opened.
Strovs explained the good condition in which the remains were found was because of the fact that the cave had been sealed with several walls of concrete separated by layers of barren soil.
‘At the end, we came to a long passage that was all in white. Soon we understood the white mass were the bodies that had been all covered with lime,’ Strovs said.
After initially refusing to comment on the discovery, Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk has strongly condemned ‘the crime’, adding: ‘as I condemn all executions during and after the (