Two Bosnian Serb cousins have gone on trial in The Hague for their suspected roles in the deaths of scores of Muslims in an ethnic cleansing operation during the Bosnian conflict of the 1990s.

The suspects, Milan Lukic and Sredoje Lukic, are accused of taking part in the murders of about 70 Muslim women, children and old men in June 1992 in the eastern town of Visegrad.  Authorities say the victims were barricaded in one room of a house, which was then set on fire.  Automatic weapons fire was directed at people who tried to escape.

Both men face charges of murder, torture and extermination.  They have pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors allege that Milan Lukic led the killing unit known both as the "White Eagles" and the "Avengers," and that his cousin was a member.  

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.