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Yugoslavia: Milosevic Aide Killed

Belgrade, 24 October 1997 (RFE/RL) - A senior associate to Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and his wife Mirjana Markovic was gunned down in Belgrade today.

Zoran Todorovic, 38, was the third associate of Milosevic and his family to be killed this year.

Shortly after the murder, police armed with submachine guns blocked bridges over the Sava River, stopping cars, checking the identity of passengers and searching for guns.

The Yugoslav United Left, Mrs. Markovic's party, condemned the attack as a political murder intended "to destabilize our country, jeopardize its integrity, and weaken the forces that care for the country."

Todorovic was found in a pool of blood outside the headquarters of one of the biggest oil companies in rump Yugoslavia, Beopetrol, where he was a senior manager.

Police say another man, Sinisa Milenkovic, was shot along with Todorovic but survived and is in critical condition.

Todorovic was a wealthy businessman who supported the neo-communist theories of Mrs. Markovic.

In April, a police general and top security aide to Milosevic was riddled with bullets while dining in a Belgrade restaurant. Two months before that, a business partner of Milosevic's son Marko was killed in a mob-style hit. No one has been arrested in those killings.