Sarajevo: at least 120 killed
Zenica Travnik:and 108 wounded
Mostar: at least 10 killed, 150 wounded
Modrica Odzak:and 25 killed, 51 wounded
Eastern Bosnia: at least 3 killed
Total: 158 killed, 309 wounded
The Press-Courier, p.18
10 May 1992.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Serbs fought Croats and Bosniaks in Bosnia-Herzegovina Saturday, and the battles included a bombing run by federal jets.
No reliable overall death toll was available, but up to 80 people were killed in the fighting on Friday and Saturday, according to various government and media reports.
Bosnian health officials said Saturday that 28 people had been killed and 108 wounded in Bosnia since Friday, but the figures were incomplete because they included only casualties in Sarajevo, the capital, and the towns of Zenica and Travnik.
Federal air force jets on Saturday rocketed a bridge and other targets in the Croatian-Bosnian border area, killing and injuring people and inflicting unspecified damage, local officials reported.
The upsurge in fighting throughout Bosnia followed Friday’s purge of 40 senior communist officers, including acting defense minister Blagoje Adzic, from the Serb-led federal army.
The purge — apparently orchestrated by Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic — came as the federal army said it would relinquish the command of its forces in Bosnia and pull some of its soldiers from the state by May 19. But up to 80,000 troops would be left behind, and they could continue to fight alongside other ethnic Serbs.
At least 500 people have been killed since Bosniaks and ethnic Croats in Bosnia declared independence in February and clashed with minority Serbs and the federal army opposed to secession from the Serb-dominated Yugoslavia.
The republic has applied for United Nations membership, Hajrudin Somun, adviser in Bosnia’s presidency, told reporters in Sarajevo on Saturday.
In Helsinki, Finland, the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe discussed Yugoslavia, but Russia rejected suggestions the Belgrade government be suspended or prevented from participating in discussions about its former republics.
“It is wrong to push any nation into the corner,” said Evgeni Goussarov, head of the Russian delegation.
In Bosnia, the Bosniak-Croat territorial defense force ordered all armed citizens in the republic to join it or surrender their weapons, Sarajevo radio reported Saturday. The radio said the deadline for surrendering weapons was Monday, and private apartments throughout the state would be searched to check for compliance.
Authorities in Sarajevo’s Serb-held suburb of Ilidza also called for a general mobilization of all able-bodied men for their fight against the Bosnian territorial defense, the Belgrade-based Tanjug news agency reported.
The two sides fought overnight in the capital Sarajevo, Bosanski Brod, Doboj and Brcko in the north, Bosanska Krupa in the west, and Mostar in the southwest, reports said.
In Sarajevo, Serb-Bosniak street battles and artillery fire resumed overnight in its suburbs, but ceased by dawn. Grenades continued to fall on the city at noon Saturday, and there was sniper fire from the Marshal Tito federal army barracks. More than 120 people have been killed in Sarajevo in the past week.
At least 10 people were killed and 150 were wounded in the past three days in the southwestern town of Mostar, media reported.
Tanjug said several houses in Mostar were ablaze or destroyed and that telephone links were severed. Mostar’s dead were being buried in city parks. People could no approach cemeteries because of artillery and sniper fire in the city, where Croatian radio claimed 90 percent of buildings were damaged.
Mostar was once a popular tourist spot famed for its 16th-century bridge, old buildings and a spectacular mountain setting.
Heavy fighting was also reported Saturday in Brcko and Bosanski Brod on Bosnia’s norther border with Croatia, where federal air force rocketed a bridge linking Bosnia with Croatia. At least five people were killed.
The Bosanski Brod oil refinery was hit from federal army positions and set ablaze, reports said.
In nearby villages around Modrica and Odzak, at least 25 people were killed and 51 were wounded since Friday in federal air force attacks, Bosnian media reported
Across the border in Slavonski Brod in Croatia, local hospital officials said they had received 240 wounded and 30 dead since the beginning of May, Croatian radio reported.
Fighting also raged in Gorazde, Srebrenica and Cajnice near the border with Serbia. Tanjug said at least three people were killed.