| Updated at: 1012 PST, Wednesday, September 22, 2010|
HANOI: Vietnam has discovered a mass grave believed to contain the remains of at least 46 communist soldiers killed during the Tet Offensive in 1968, an official said Wednesday.
The grave, which also contained belts, leg cuffs and bullets, was unearthed in central Quang Ngai province as part of a long campaign to find missing troops, the local official, who did not want to be named, told media.
"We can confirm the remains are of Vietnamese soldiers because we received the information from locals who were directly involved in the burial, as well as soldiers of the former regime who participated in the fighting and from our own military evidence," the official said.
The excavation, which began last Friday and was still ongoing, is one of several planned in the area.
Troops fighting for the communist North suffered heavy losses during the Tet Offensive in January 1968 when about 70,000 of their soldiers attacked targets in more than 100 towns and cities in South Vietnam.