February 28th, 2012
02:45 PM ET

Portion of 9/11 remains dumped in landfill, report says

Unidentified human remains of people who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania eventually wound up in a landfill, the Defense Department said in a report Tuesday.

Parts of the cremated remains were handed over to a biomedical waste contractor and inadvertently dumped, the report said.

The September 11, 2001 attacks killed nearly 3,000 people in attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington and in the hijacking and crash of a commercial jet in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The Pentagon report explored the handling of human remains at a U.S. military mortuary at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

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