Visegrad attack named “terrorism”

Image: Adem Huskic

Adem Huskic, member of Parliament in Bosnia and Herzegovina, strongly condemned the terrorist act in Visegrad perpetrated against representatives of Missing Persons Institute.

”Nothing can be hidden, everything surfaces, in that way the bones of innocent victims of terrorist surfaced these days.Time will show, if this, without any doubt terrorist act will be forgotten and pushed under the carpet like the terrorist acts from the nineties.”  Huskic wrote in his statement to the press.

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Image: Amor Masovic

Agence France-Presse
28 July 2010

Bosnian police play down shots fired at forensic experts

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina, July 28 (AFP) — Police said Wednesday shots fired at Bosnian forensic experts searching for the remains of wartime victims were probably stray bullets from a hunter, not a murder attempt.

The head of Bosnia’s Institute for Missing, Amor Masovic, who was in the boat that was fired upon, however, accused the police of getting it wrong.

“It is extremely unprofessional to issue such a statement without ballistic expertise,” Masovic told AFP.

“We will demand that the hunter be found. It was a murder attempt,” he insisted.

But police said a bullet found in the boat carrying the team of forensic experts as they worked at a lake was in fact a “stray bullet … from a hunting weapon.

“It was most likely a hunter who was hunting in that region and opened fire,” a statement said. Police said they trying to find the shooter.

Bosnian forensic experts reported to police on Tuesday that an unidentified gunman opened fire on them as were searched the lake for the remains of Muslims killed at the start of the country’s 1992-1995 war.

Ten people had been on board their boat but no-one was hurt in the incident on the Perucac lake, near the eastern town of Visegard. Police found one bullet at the site.

The search for Muslims killed in 1992 in Visegrad started a week ago.

So far the remains of some 24 victims were found in the lake, Masovic said.

Visegrad was the site of one of the most notorious ethnic cleansing campaigns led by Bosnian Serb forces who expelled and killed a number of the town’s Muslims at the beginning of the 1992-1995 war.

Bosnia’s war between its Croats, Muslims and Serbs claimed some 100,000 lives.

It left the country split into two entities — the Serbs’ Republika Srpska and the Muslim-Croat Federation. The region of Visegrad remained in the Serb-run half.

One Response to “Visegrad attack named “terrorism””

  1. This illustrates one of the fundamental problems of foreign reporting. The article emphasises the police statement. The reference to “Bosnian police” suggests that it is the result of an objective, authoritative analysis. The mention of Visegrad’s location within Republika Srpska is tacked on at the end. It’s left to the reader to know that the “Bosnian police” in question are specifically the Republika Srpska police, associated with the benificiaries of the crimes under investigation. The Visegrad police are the force which has spent the last fifteen years failing to investigate the genocidal conduct of their former chief, Risto Perisic. The outcome of the Dayton settlement is to leave the victims saddled with blame for the actions of the perpetrators.

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