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Daily press briefing of the Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija - ALERT

Gracanica, August 27, 2000

  • Kosovo Polje hospital - Marko Talic still in critical condition Albanian attacker arrested - initial information from the scene indicates that the attack was carried out with clear premeditation and intent to kill the children
  • Report from the village of Skulanovo: One Serb child killed, four others seriously wounded
  • An Albanian killed 1 and wounded 4 Serb Children in Kosovo
  • 75 year old Serb killed by Albanian terrorists in Kosovo today
  • THREE CHILDREN HOSPITALIZED IN KOSOVO POLJE HOSPITAL - MARKO TALIC STILL IN CRITICAL CONDITION ALBANIAN ATTACKER ARRESTED - INITIAL INFORMATION FROM THE SCENE INDICATES THAT THE ATTACK WAS CARRIED OUT WITH CLEAR PREMEDITATION AND INTENT TO KILL THE CHILDREN

    The SNC in the meanwhile has received additional information regarding the attack on Serb children in Skulanovo. The village was visited on behalf of the Church and the SNC by Father Radivoje Panic. On the basis of eyewitness testimony, the vehicle, in which there were at least two Albanians, passed on the right side of the road only to make a sudden u-turn and head in the opposite direction, driving directly into the group of children standing next to the road not far from a hedge and some trees. After simply mowing down the children, the Albanian behind the wheel continued driving while his passenger, glancing out the window, began to howl and wave his arms in a gesture of triumph. The SNC received an identical description of events from a member of the international police who was at the scene. From the description of events, it is clear that the vehicle did not swerve from the road as a result of overspeeding or some technical difficulty but that the driver intentionally slowed down, made a u-turn and without any warning drove into the group of children even though he was previously driving in the opposite direction with the clear intent of running over the children next to the road. The very facts that the driver did not stop and that his passenger did triumphantly glance out of the window and raise his arms in the air again shows that this was no traffic accident but an attempt to murder with clear premeditation.

    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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    REPORT FROM THE VILLAGE OF SKULANOVO: ONE SERB CHILD KILLED, FOUR OTHERS SERIOUSLY INJURED

    Today, on Sunday, August 27 at approximately 1:45 p.m. in the village of Skulanovo (between Suvi Do and Lepina), Lipljan municipality, an Albanian attacker who remains unknown at this time seriously injured five Serb children aged 8 to 16 years located near the road at the outskirts of the village with his vehicle, a red Opel Kadet Suza, without license plates. The attacker drove his vehicles into the group of children, whose names are listed below, with the obvious intention of running them over. As a result, the children sustained serious physical injuries, broken arms, legs, head injuries and are currently hospitalized in Kosovo Polje. The youngest child, an eight year-old boy, died as a result of inflicted injuries shortly after the attack.

    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.

    PRESS RELEASE

    Pristina, August 27, 2000

    AN ALBANIAN KILLED 1 AND WOUNDED 4 SERB CHILDREN IN KOSOVO

    Today, around 13.45 CET an unindentified Albanian killed 1 and wounded 4 Serb children in Skulanovo village 15 km south of Pristina. Driving his red Opel Kadet Susa without registration plates an attacker hit into a group of Serb children who were walking by the village road. The witnessess say that the attacker had a clear intention to kill the children. The attacker immediately left away the scene of his crime with his car. All 5 children got serious wounds and fractures. The youngest, Nikola Nikolic (8) did not survive and died on the way to the hospital.

    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.

    75 YEAR OLD SERB KILLED BY ALBANIAN TERRORISTS IN KOSOVO TODAY

    After today's terrorist attack in which 1 Serb child was killed and 4 wounded a new terrorist attack occured in Crkvena Vodica village 8 km west from Pristina. It was the same village in which Albanian terrorists threw three grenades on Serb children last week wounding 15 children, 8 of them seriously.

    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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