Shelling Kills 15, 6 in One Family, as Siege Persists
Eugene Register-Guard, p.7A
4 January 1994.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Fierce shelling killed 15 people in Sarajevo on Monday, including six members of one family who died in their apartment and a girl who was killed as she left kindergarten.
The latest tragedies in the 20-month siege of Sarajevo came on a fair day that lured residents out during the first lull in fighting since pre-Christmas peace talks collapsed.
By early afternoon, shelling and sniping broke out all over the city, sending people rushing to find shelter. Fifteen shells hit near the U.N. headquarters, said Maj. Idesbald van Biesebroeck, a spokesman for the U.N. peacekeepers.
The Tatarovic family was sitting in one room of their apartment about 500 yards from the presidency building when a shell hit at 3:20 p.m., police reported.
The torn bodies of six family members lay in the city morgue Monday evening. The youngest victim was a 15-year-old girl, morgue workers said.
Two other family members were in intensive care at a hospital.
In all, the United Nations counted 14 dead on the Bosnian side, including at least three children, and 22 wounded, van Biesebroeck said. One woman was killed in a Serb-held district. More than 200 shells rained down on the city.
At least one child was killed when two shells smashed into a crowd of children leaving a kindergarten in western Sarajevo.