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Gracanica, August 19
Attackers fled the scene in front of UNMIK policemen
The Information Service of the Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija has learned from its well-informed sources in the field that during the attack by Albanian terrorists, 15 Serb children ere wounded. Five of the children sustained serious injuries and are still undergoing treatment at the Russian field hospital in Kosovo Polje (none of them are in critical condition). Four of the children sustained light injuries and were released after emergency care at the same hospital this morning at 2:00 a.m. The remaining six children sustained minor scratches and were treated in the medical facility in Obilic and immediately sent home.
The names of the seriously injured children are:
1. Tamara Markovic (born 1996)
2. Vladimir Vojinovic (1985)
3. Djordje Djordjevic (1985)
4. Marina Nikolic (1990)
5. Maja Ilic (1986)
According to the information received by the SNC, the children were injured by shrapnel which was immediately removed thanks to the quick intervention of the physicians of Kosovo Polje, both Serbs and Russians. Nevertheless, the children were hospitalized to offset the possibility of a deterioration in their condition as a result of shrapnel not immediately detected. The children experienced a tremendous psychological shock and at this time it is impossible to assess the consequences of the injuries they sustained on their physical and psychological health.
The lightly injured children (who were released from the hospital in
Kosovo Polje at
2:00 a.m. this morning) are:
1. Marija Stevic (born 1984)
2. Bojan Jovic (1983)
3. Dusan Markovic (1984)
4. Vidosav Djordjevic (1984)
The names of the children who received emergency treatment in the local medical center in Obilic are not known to us.
According to the testimony of a parent of one of the seriously injured children, the attackers tossed two grenades tied together from an automobile. The explosion was strong and that is the reason that so many children who were out in the open, playing in the basketball court, were hurt. The vehicle was going from the direction of the Albanian village of Ade toward Obilic through the village of Crkvena Vodica, where Serbs form the majority of the population. It is absolutely unbelievable that the vehicle carrying the attackers, immediately after this terrorist attack was carried out, passed without obstruction through the check-point of the international UNMIK police where there are always no less than five policemen on duty. According to the testimony of witnesses, three UNMIK police vehicles and one KFOR (Norwegian) Land Rover were also damaged.
The Serb residents of Crkvena Vodica and the surrounding region are horrified by this crime in which, fortunately, there were no casualties although this horrible tragedy might have easily occurred. Confidence in the Norwegian KFOR and the UNMIK police has been seriously undermined as they allowed the attackers to flee from the scene of the crime despite the existence of a check-point at the village exit. In last month's attack on the open market in Gracanica, the attackers fled in a similar manner before the very eyes of the Swedish troops manning KFOR's check-point at the village exit.
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