A ceremony to rebury repatriated ​martyr remains (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A genetic testing centre made debut in Hanoi on December 11 with the task of serving the identification of martyr remains.

The centre under the Military Forensic Institute has a total investment of over 47 billion VND (2.09 million USD) with cutting-edge facilities and skilled staff. It is designed to identify 4,000 samples of remains a year.

Vietnam has nearly 1.2 million soldiers who fell down in the wars defending the country and in international missions.

More than 900,000 sets of remains of the soldiers have been buried at 3,077 cemeteries nationwide. Among them, over 300,000 sets have not been identified.

On January 14, 2013, the Prime Minister approved a project for identifying unnamed martyrs. Accordingly, the Military Medical Department and the Military Forensic Institute under the Ministry of National Defence have upgraded the institute’s lab for the purpose.

This is one of the first facilities of its kind to become operational under the project.-VNA