Spanish Civil War Grave Uncovers Victims of Dictator

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Crews on Monday began digging up an unmarked grave believed to be holding victims of the Spanish Civil War, in the country's first such court-ordered exhumation.

The Association for the Recovery of Historic Memory said volunteers were digging up part of a cemetery in the northwestern town of Santa Marta de Tera in search of the bodies of four men believed to have been assassinated by a right-wing militia at the beginning of the 1936-39 war.

The excavation was the first to be ordered by a judge since the association began searching a decade ago for the bodies of tens of thousands of people believed to have been killed by supporters of dictator Francisco Franco and dumped in unmarked graves during the war and the dictatorship that followed.

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