Pakistan has found the bodies of 16 miners missing since 2011

Peshawar, Pakistan (AP) —Pakistan police say Friday a mass grave containing the bodies of 16 coal mine workers who were believed to have been abducted by militants after disappearing in the northwestern part of the country 10 years ago. Said he found it.

Miners went missing in 2011 while working at a mine in the Kohat district, 75 km (45 miles) south of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which borders Afghanistan.

No one claimed to have kidnapped miners, but at the time, militant groups were active in the area.

Forensic experts said the excavation was carried out after remote mountain villagers warned them that he was supposed to be a burial site, police official Alime Khan said.

According to Kahn, the victim’s family could identify the body from clothing and body, and the body was handed over to the family for burial. Miners came from the town of Shangra in Swat Valley.

Police said police would continue to investigate the dead to determine who killed the miners.

Attacks on miners and other workers are common in southwestern Balochistan, but such violence is rare elsewhere in Pakistan. Earlier this year in Baluchistan, Islamic State group militants kidnapped and killed 11 Pakistani minority Shiite miners.