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Serbia arrests two men over Kosovo war crimes

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Two Serbs, including an active member of a special police unit, were arrested over war crimes allegedly committed against ethnic Albanian civilians during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war, the prosecutor's office said Tuesday.

The suspects, identified only by their initials K.V. and P.L., were accused of being part of a group that killed 65 ethnic Albanian civilians in the western Kosovo village of Ljubenic, the war crimes prosecutor's office said in a statement.

The two were also suspected of having "participated in the transfer of victims' bodies to a mass grave in Batajnica," a Belgrade suburb some 500 kilometres (300 miles) from Kosovo.

In 2001, more than 700 bodies were uncovered in a mass grave within a special anti-terrorist police unit compound in Batajnica.

"The prosecution got the evidence thanks to the testimony of several witnesses who participated in the events," the statement said.

The regime of late strongman Slobodan Milosevic tried to cover up war crimes committed against the pro-independence ethnic Albanian population by transferring the bodies of those killed from Kosovo to Serbia.

The Kosovo conflict claimed some 13,000 victims, mostly ethnic Albanians.

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