Malawi police find more bodies near mass grave that contained 25 Ethiopians
April 12, 2016 (Abuja) – Police in Malawi have found 26 bodies (including two children), a week after two Ethiopians died in a mass grave near the capital Lilongwe that contained 25 bodies believed to be their friends and relatives.
The discovery in the Ngeta District of the country that used to be known as Upper Nile State was made on Thursday by police when they were looking for a man who is suspected to have been involved in the disappearance of the immigrants.
According to the police spokesman, Mr Sam Mbombo, it was during an attempt to track down the man that the bodies were found in the area adjacent to a village known for being a meeting point for the suspected abductors.
During questioning, it was learnt that the two Ethiopians that were taken from Ngeta and died in a mass grave were former soldiers from the same ethnic group as the man believed to have been involved in their disappearance, Mr Sam said.
He said during questioning, the man admitted to killing the two in the mass grave, adding that he suspected the bodies contained his friends and relatives.
The police have launched a probe into the case.
At least five Ethiopians reportedly died between 1996 and 2012. The bodies were allegedly buried in mass graves before being exhumed in 2012, but the government has since said it found no evidence to back up the story.
Ngeta District is located some 70 km from the capital Lilongwe. The discovery of the bodies was made on a road near the village of Chitandeka.
It is near the same area of the Ngeta village where the second mass grave was recently unearthed and exhumed.
The first mass grave was found on a road near Ngeta village in March 2012. The exhumation of the second mass grave and the finding of the bodies in the same area were reported on April 3 by the Herald newspaper.
The Mass Graves
The first mass grave found by the government of the then National Resistance Movement (NR