Forensic experts in eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina have begun exhuming a mass grave believed to contain the bodies of 36 Muslims, including women and children, killed during the Balkan conflict.

Eyewitnesses say Bosnian Serb forces killed the victims then took the bodies to a garage in the village of Snagovo, near Zvornik, and set the building on fire. The corpses were later buried in a mass grave.

Bosnian authorities have already exhumed two other mass graves in the village, finding about 300 skeletons. They are believed to be the remains of some of the 8,000 Muslim men and boys massacred after Serb forces captured the enclave of Srebrenica in 1995.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.