SERB ORTHODOX PRIESTS UNDER ATTACK
IN POST WAR KOSOVO


The wounded Serb priest Fr. Dragan Kojic in US military hospital. Beside
him Fr. Zoran Grujic and Bishop Artemije

REUTERS

Serb Priest Wounded in Kosovo Drive-By Shooting

PRISTINA, Jul 13, 2000 -- (Reuters) Attackers with automatic weapons wounded a
Serbian Orthodox priest and two companions, believed to be trainee priests, in a
drive-by shooting in Kosovo on Wednesday, international authorities said.

Father Dragan Kojic and his companions had been travelling together with a child
near the village of Klokot after a mass in the east of the province in the late morning
when the attackers struck, international agencies said.

The NATO-led KFOR peacekeeping force said international police had found the
three wounded men by the side of the road. The police had taken them to the Camp
Bondsteel U.S. military base, where they were reported to be stable pending
surgery.

Kosovo Serbs have been the target of numerous acts of violence by majority ethnic
Albanians seeking vengeance for years of Serbian repression but Wednesday's
attack sparked particular revulsion among international officials.

"I am not only shocked but deeply depressed that today criminals chose religious
men as their targets," said Bernard Kouchner, head of Kosovo's United Nations-led
administration.

"It is totally unacceptable that this kind of revenge killing substitute itself for justice,"
he said in a statement.

International authorities took charge of Kosovo in June last year after NATO
bombing to end repression of ethnic Albanians drove out Serb forces. They have,
however, been unable to prevent widespread attacks on Serbs and other minorities.

As well as targeting individuals, attackers have also blown up Serbian Orthodox
churches, viewed by many ethnic Albanians as a symbol of Serb domination and
repression.



The wounded Serbs Zvonko Kostic and Branko Polacevic

A PRIEST AND 2 SERBS SHOT!!!

PRISTINA, Yugoslavia, July 12 (AFP) - An unidentified gunman
shot and injured a Serbian Orthodox priest and two other Serbs
Wednesday outside the southern Kosovar village of Klokot, a United
Nations police commander said.
Gary Carrell, regional commander in the southeastern sector of
Kosovo, said it appeared the men had been shot by a single gunman in
another car as they drove out of Klokot in the direction of Vitina
at around 12:30 pm (1030 GMT).
The injured men were taken by the police to the nearby US
military base of Camp Bondsteel, Carrell said. A small child who was
in the car with the men was not injured, he added.
"All three received wounds to the lower extremities and are
currently listed in a stable condition pending surgery," according
to a statement released at Camp Bondsteel late Wednesday.
The Yugoslavian news agency Beta indentified the injured priest
as Dragan Kojic, adding that the two men with him were monks called
Zvonko and Dragisa. Their party was returning from a church service,
Beta said.
Kojic's three-year-old child was with the men, the report
added.
Following the attack an angry group of Serbs gathered in Klokot
to protest.
"They were angry because they thought the men were being
escorted by the UN police when the attack happened. When we
explained to them that this was not the case they calmed down," said
Carrell.
Carrell said that an investigation had been launched but that no
arrests had yet been made.