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Bosnia: Rocket-propelled Grenade Fired At NATO Vehicle In Mostar


MOSTAR, 21 February 1997 (RFE/RL) - Officials with the NATO-led peace force in Bosnia (SFOR) say an armored vehicle manned by Spanish soldiers was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in the tense city of Mostar early today. No one was hurt.

Capt. Mike Fabro, a NATO spokesman in Mostar, said two rocket-propelled grenades were fired at the vehicle on the line dividing the Muslim-controlled and Croat-controlled halves of the city. Only one hit the vehicle. The spokesman said it would be hard to determine which side fired.

In Brussels, NATO Secretary General Javier Solana said such incidents would not be tolerated by the alliance.

Tensions have soared in Mostar in the last two weeks since one Muslim was killed and at least 20 wounded in a clash with Croats. It was the worst incident in Bosnia since a peace accord was signed in December 1995.

After that incident SFOR increased its presence in the town.
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