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Daily press briefing of the Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija - ALERT
Gracanica, August 27, 2000
From the headquarters of the UNMIK international police, the SNC learned that the driver and vehicle corresponding to the description were found and that one Kosovo Albanian was arrested. The SNC will request an immediate investigation and condemnation of the perpetrator of this crime.
In the meanwhile, a delegation of the Church and the SNC visited the injured children in the hospital in Kosovo Polje. Bishop Atanasije of Herzegovina and Father Nektarije Vorgucic spoke with physicians and saw the injured children. Marko Talic, who is 12 years old, not 14 as previously stated, is the most seriously injured: he has a brain concussion and physicians are afraid that he has serious internal injuries. He is still in critical condition even though the physicians in the hospital provided emergency assistance and tended to the children's injuries. Jovica Talic (16) has an injured pelvis and possible internal injuries even though he is much better than Marko. Srdjan Krstic (13) has fractures of both legs but his condition is stable. Ivica Talic apparently sustained only scratches and was not hospitalized. The youngest member of the group of children, Nikola Nikolic (8), sustained the most serious injuries and died on the way to the hospital in Kosovo Polje. In the afternoon the children will be transferred to the Serb hospital in Kosovska Mitrovica where their treatment will continue.
According to information from Skulanovo, people are extremely angry because of this event and there have been instances where KFOR and UNMIK police vehicles have been stoned. The general mood is one of helplessness and lack of protection before the increasingly intense and shameless wave of Albanian terrorism.
The children were also visited in hospital by Jock Covey, the deputy of the UN mission chief, and his closest associates who strongly condemned this cowardly attack.
Attached is a sketch of the incident which shows how the vehicle was travelling in one direction, then suddenly made a u-turn and drove over the children before finally fleeing from the scene of the crime.
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The child killed is
1. Nikola Nikolic, age 8 years
Seriously injured are:
2. Marko Talic, age 14 years
3. Jovica Talic, age 16 years
4. Ivica Talic, age 16 years
5. Srdjan Krstic, age 13 years
The child killed, Nikola Nikolic, was a refugee from the Serb village of Babljak near Urosevac who was staying with relatives in Skulanovo.
The sources of this report are radio amateurs from Skulanovo and the priest serving in Kosovo Polje, Father Radivoje Panic. This informaiton was received in Gracanica Monastery at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, August 27, 2000.
The Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija most strongly condemns this terrorist attack which according to eyewitness testimony was not a traffic accident. After the attacks on Serb children in Crkvena Vodica and Staro Gracko, this is the third attack on Serb children in the vicinity of Pristina during the past week and shows that the goal of the terrorists is to encourage the Serb people to leave by creating confusion and panic as a result of threats directed against children.
Pristina, August 27, 2000
The wounded children are: Marko Talic (14), Jovica Talic (16), Ivica Talic (16), Srdjan Kristic (13).
Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija has resolutely condemned this cowardly and disgusting crime which is the third attack of extremist Albanians against Serb children in Kosovo in the last week. Two days ago, SNC requested more intensive KFOR patrols and protection in the areas frequented by Serb children.
At 18.30 CET 75 year old Serb PAVLE NEDELJKOVIC from Crkvena vodica was killed by a machine gun fire from an unindentified car which immediately disappeared in direction of Albanian dominated Obilic. Nedeljkovic was in his field very close to the village and the road when he was suddenly killed at the spot. This terrorist attack of Albanian extremists has created even more uneasiness, fear and confusion among the local Serbs who have not recovered yet from the last week's attack on their children. Although Bishop Artemije and the Serb National Council requested immediate additional deployment of Norwegian KFOR troops in the area and installing of additional check points according to the testimony of the local Serbs nothing significant has been changed to the better and the village remained more or less unprotected. This serious failure of KFOR makes the international peace keeping force responsible for the reiterated terrorist attacks which happened in the same village in only one week's time.
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