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Guatemalans Mourn Villagers Found Buried at Army Base

Image: Indigenous people walk with the remains of six people, who had disappeared in 1982 during the Guatemalan Civil War, at Pambach in the Alta Verapaz region
Indigenous people walk with the remains of six people who disappeared on June 2, 1982 during the Guatemalan civil war, at Pambach in the Alta Verapaz region, June 2, 2014. The skeletons were found during an archaeological investigation at CREOMPAZ, the regional command headquarters of the Guatemalan army in Coban. Reuters

The remains of six people who disappeared during the Guatemalan civil war were prepared for burial Monday, 32 years to the day after they were last seen.

On the morning of June 2, 1982, members of the Guatemalan army arrived at the community of Pambach and took away about 80 men. Like many of those who were arrested by the military during a war that lasted from 1960 to 1996, they were never seen again.

The skeletons were found during an archaeological investigation at the regional command headquarters of the Guatemalan army in Coban, according to the country's Forensic Anthropology Foundation.

Excavations began at the site in 2012 and 534 skeletons have been discovered so far, the foundation said.

— Reuters