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Bosnians honor 409 Srebrenica massacre victims

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July 9, 2013 08:20 AM EST | AP


SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Hundreds of people whispering Muslim prayers are lining Sarajevo's main street as trucks bearing 409 coffins pass through on their way to Srebrenica, where the newly identified victims of Europe's worst massacre since World War II will be buried.

Throngs of mourners reached out Tuesday to caress the canvas stretched over the coffins on three slow-moving trucks. When the vehicles stopped for a few minutes in front of the Bosnian Presidency building, people sobbed as they tucked in flowers.

The remains were identified through DNA tests and will be buried at a memorial center near Srebrenica on Thursday, the 18th anniversary of the Serb massacre of over 8,000 Srebrenica Muslim men and boys, which the International Court of Justice calls a genocide.

The 1992-95 Bosnian war claimed over 100,000 lives.