Man finds barrels filled with hundreds of human foetuses in forest
A FISHERMAN has found four plastic barrels holding 248 human foetuses in a forest in Russia's Ural Mountains.
Police launched an investigation after officials said the remains appeared to have come from three hospitals in Yekaterinburg, the capital of Sverdlovsk region.
"It seems the company responsible for disposal of the bio-medical waste did not carry out its duties," the deputy head of the regional government, Vladimir Vlasov, said.
Photographs from the site showed foetuses with tags scrawled with numbers and inscriptions that Russian media said were family names.
"A friend called at night and said he went fishing and wanted to get some wood for his fire. He ran into some water canisters and wanted to take them home, but when he came closer he saw little baby bodies," local resident Sergei Tveritinov said.