Victims of WWII Chongqing bombings identified

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Chinese historians have identified 2,660 victims of Japanese troops' bombings of southwest China's Chongqing City more than seven decades ago.

The list of the victims details their name and age, as well as when and where they were killed, Pan Xun, a history professor with Chongqing's Southwest University who contributed to the research, said on Monday.

Historical data showed that nearly seven years of air-strikes, including large-scale, indiscriminate bombings from 1939 to 1941, left more than 30,000 people dead or injured in Chongqing, the "wartime capital" established by the Kuomintang government, and in its neighboring areas.

During the research, which began in 2007 and was funded by the government, academics looked through over 10,000 files kept by archives in Chongqing, neighboring Sichuan Province, Nanjing City and Taiwan, Pan said.

Another researcher, Zhou Yong, said this is the first batch of victims of the catastrophe to be identified.

Pan said they are working to identify more victims in order to build a database for them.

Monday is the 77th anniversary of the beginning of the eight-year Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression.

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