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Bosnian Serb Operation Targets War Crimes Suspects

18 April 2004 -- Police in eastern Bosnia launched an operation today to arrest top war crimes suspects but announced hours later that their attempts had failed.

Bosnian police spokesman Radovan Pejic told AFP that the operation followed information that war crimes suspects might be hiding in the area.

Pejic later announced that police had raided the homes of Milan Lukic and his cousin, Sredoje Lukic, early this morning. The raids failed to turn up either of the men.

Earlier this year, the European Commission's chief in Bosnia, Michael Humphreys, said top war crimes suspects Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic were crossing the border between Bosnia and Serbia.

Reuters reported that at least one man who resisted arrest during the operation was shot by Bosnian Serb police, quoting a police spokesman. Reuters suggested that the man shot was the brother of Milan Lukic.