GENEVA — The International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday that between 400 and 600 bodies had been found in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif after its capture by the Northern Alliance.
Spokeswoman Macarena Aguilar could not say whether the dead had been executed or killed in the fighting that preceded the fall of the city Nov. 9.
"I know 400 to 600 bodies have been found and that we have so far buried 300," Aguilar said. "I cannot say how they died."
She was unable to provide the victims' ethnic backgrounds.
The fall of Mazar-i-Sharif, which is near Afghanistan's frontier with Uzbekistan, triggered a whirlwind advance by the Northern Alliance that has seen its forces capture much of the country.