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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nazi-Era Remains Found in Belarus

MINSK, Belarus -- The remains of 375 people believed to be victims of the Nazis have been found during excavation work near a Belarussian cathedral that served as a Nazi prison during World War II, officials said Friday.

The remains were unearthed on the premises of the abandoned Assumption Cathedral in the northwestern city of Vitebsk, Alexander Gutsev, an official in charge of the excavations, said, according to Interfax.

Experts believe the remains date from the early 1940s, the report said. The cathedral served as a Gestapo prison during the Nazi occupation of Belarus. Several bullets and cartridges found near the mass grave are similar in caliber to those used in German weapons during the war, the report said.

A preliminary inspection indicated that up to 1,000 people may be buried in the cathedral grounds.