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Bosnia: IFOR Detains 46 Bosnian Serbs For Shooting At Muslims

Kalesija, Bosnia-Herzegovina; 29 August 1996 (RFE/RL) - NATO troops have detained at least 46 Bosnian Serbs, most of them policemen, for allegedly shooting today at Bosnian Muslims returning to their homes in a Serb-controlled village.

No casualties were reported from the shooting in the village of Mahal, in northeastern Bosnia, but some Muslims were reported to have been seriously beaten in the incident.

"Serious gunfire broke out in Mahala this morning," said Andrea Angeli, a spokesman for the UN-led International Police Task Force in Bosnia. IFOR troops disarmed the suspects and detained them in a local house. The UN police said they are demanding the dismissal of all Bosnian Serb policemen involved in the attack.

In another development, in Belgrade, a top U.S. diplmat is meeting today with Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic on upcoming Bosnia-wide elections next month.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State John Kornblum met Milosevic at the start of a trip to the Balkans which also includes meetings with leaders in Sarajevo, Zagreb, and the Serbian half of Bosnia.