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Human remains found near former torture center in Chile

Santiago de Chile, Oct 7 (Prensa Latina) The owner of a house that borders a former torture center of the Chilean military dictatorship discovered human remains and war ammunition in its loft, it was learned here recently.

The building is located in the Ñuñoa district and next door was for many years the Ollagüe barracks, occupied by the National Intelligence Directorate (DINA), the political police of the Augusto Pinochet regime (1973-1990).

Following the coup d’état against the Popular Unity Government and President Salvador Allende, the DINA was in charge of kidnapping, torturing and executing thousands of people, and 50 years later the whereabouts of more than 1,000 victims are still unknown.

A brigade of the Investigative Police went to the site to collect the skeletons and start the corresponding analysis, with the objective of trying to identify who they belong to.

This fact is added to the discovery the day before of the remains of a human jawbone in the facilities of the Human Rights Program of the Ministry of Justice.

The bones were discovered accidentally by a cleaning worker.

A national search program for missing detainees was launched recently with the aim of clarifying the circumstances and fate of the victims of this crime against humanity.

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