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Yugoslavia: Draskovic Shot In Montenegro

Budva, 16 June 2000 (RFE/RL) - Serbian opposition leader Vuk Draskovic was released from a Montenegrin hospital after he suffered head wounds in what his Serbian Renewal Movement is calling an attempt on Draskovic's life. Unknown assailants sprayed Draskovic's house with bullets in the Montenegrin resort town of Budva last night. Milena Popovic, head of the press office of Draskovic's Serbian Renewal Movement, said he was hit by two bullets. One bullet went through Draskovic's ear and another grazed his temple. He was taken to hospital for treatment and was released. Popovic called the shooting a "near assassination attempt." Draskovic was alone at the time. Police in the area have set up roadblocks around the town of Budva and are searching the woods around Draskovic's home. The chief of the Budva police, Rajko Kuljaca, said an investigation was under way.

Draskovic alleges the government tried to kill him last year in a road accident that killed four of his close aides. He regularly accuses the authorities of "state terror" over the incident. Officials have denied the charges.