Mass grave from Vietnam War discovered

A mass grave was found containing the remains of 47 communist commandos killed during the Vietnam War, an official said today.

Lu Dinh Phu said eight of the bodies were identified. Mr Phu is the deputy chief of Nghia Hanh district in central Quang Ngai province, where the grave is located.

The commandos were believed to have been killed during their attack on a building used by the US-backed Saigon government in January 1968.

Former commandos who survived the attack led the government to the site of the grave.

The war ended in 1975 when communist North Vietnamese forces overran Saigon, the former capital of South Vietnam, now known as Ho Chi Minh City.

About 58,000 Americans and three million Vietnamese were killed in the conflict.

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