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Bosnia: Bomb Injures 50 In Mostar

Mostar, Bosnia; 19 September 1997 (RFE/RL) - International officials in Mostar say that at least 50 people were injured in a bomb blast last night in the divided Bosnian city. Kelly Moore, a spokesperson for the International Police Force (IPTF), said that the blast, which occurred some 100 meters from a police station in the Croat-held part of the city, also damaged dozens of apartments in nearby buildings.

There is still no known motive for the blast. UN spokesperson Alexander Ivanko said that authorities assume the blast was a car bomb.

Correspondents say tensions have been running high in the city recently after Croat leaders threatened to boycott this past weekend's local Bosnian elections.

Croats and Muslims in Mostar fought a 10-month war in 1993-94 that led to the city being divided into mutually hostile Croat and Muslim sectors.

Meanwhile, in Sarajevo, the Organization For Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) says results of Bosnia's recent municipal elections will not be announced as scheduled this weekend.

OSCE spokesman David Foley, citing delays in the ballot count, estimated officials would be able to begin announcing results in the middle of next week. Foley said there had been a number of complaints which were slowing down the counting process. He said those issues would have to be addressed before results could be announced.

The OSCE supervised last weekend's two-day country-wide elections in 136 municipalities.