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FRENCH NATO FORCES KILL BOSNIA SNIPER

February 2, 1996

SECOND GUNMAN HELD IN CLASH NEAR SARAJEVO.

Article from: Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO)
Article date: February 2, 1996

Byline: GUY DINMORE REUTER

SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA — French special forces serving with NATO killed a sniper in the Serb-held Sarajevo suburb of Ilidza Thursday evening and seized a second gunman without bloodshed.

NATO’s retaliation followed at least six suspected sniping incidents this week. A U.S. lieutenant and a British soldier were slightly wounded.

“One gunman was located by the French Special Forces and was later neutralized. This person was seriously wounded. He later died of his injuries . . .,” the French statement said.

The statement said the two gunmen were found in the Ilidza area of the demilitarized “zone of separation.”

A NATO source said the sniper who was killed had threatened the French special forces but did not have time to open fire. He was identified as a sniper “by his position” and his type of gun, the source said.

Elsewhere in Bosnia, Spanish troops called in U.S. A-10 “tank-buster” warplanes to help disarm and evict Bosnian Army soldiers who had entered a neutral zone outside Mostar, NATO said on Thursday.

The Bosnian soldiers, numbering about 30 and traveling in vehicles, were stopped Wednesday night by Spanish NATO forces in Blagaj, 6 miles south of Mostar.

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