Hammerl: Family hopeful remains identified

2013-06-29 10:02

Johannesburg - The family of slain photographer Anton Hammerl is hopeful that his remains would be identified, the Saturday Star has reported.

A Sarajevo DNA laboratory has set out to identify the remains of some of the thousands of people who went missing after years of conflict in Libya.

This week, the laboratory, run by the International Commission for Missing Persons (ICMP), generated more than 100 DNA matches since the fall of the regime's slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

According to the website, the DNA matches have been made from bone and blood samples submitted to the ICMP by the new Libyan authorities.

ICMP director-general Kathryne Bomberger said it was committed to assistig the Libyan government.

"...We are also assisting them through using our capacity to conduct high-throughput DNA identification testing to assist in resolving large numbers of missing persons cases," she was quoted as saying.

"We hope that by expediting this process, we will bring long awaited answers to families of the missing..."

Hammerl was killed by troops loyal to Gaddafi in April 2011 while covering the civil war in Libya.