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The UN grabs Bosnian war crimes suspects

December 29 1997
World

The UN grabs Bosnian war crimes suspects

December 29 1997

The UN grabs Bosnian war crimes suspects

In a lightning raid, UN peacekeepers arrested two Bosnian Croats accused of war crimes and sent them to The Hague for trial at the United Nation’s international tribunal. The pair opened fire in a bid to escape from a house in central Bosnia. One was Vlatko Kupreskic, indicted for a notorious massacre in Ahmici in which at least 103 Muslims, including 33 women and children,

were slaughtered as attackers moved from house to house. The raid came shortly after U.S. President Bill Clinton announced that the 8,000 U.S. soldiers in Bosnia would stay indefinitely, beyond their original deadline of next June. Troops from other nations in the 34,000-strong, NATOled peacekeeping force are expected to follow the American lead, including Canada’s 1,300.