Italy has ordered DNA tests on 12 unidentified victims killed by Nazi troops in one of the deadliest massacres during World War II.

The tests were ordered Wednesday by Defence Minister Ignazio La Russa to identify the 12 among 335 Italians killed in the infamous Ardeatine Caves massacre of March 24, 1944. Though the identity of the others were known, the names of the 12 have never been known.

La Russa gave the order during a ceremony to mark the 66th anniversary of the massacre.

The 12 bodies have until now remained in unmarked graves at a mausoleum in Via Ardeatina.

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