Serbs Kill at least 66 civilians in Sarajevo massacre
66 Killed in Markale Massacre, Hundreds Injured
By Tony Smith
The Associated Press
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina – Bodies and severed limbs lay amid bloodstained market stalls after a mortar shell landed in a crowd of Saturday shoppers, butchering at least 66 people and wounding more than 200.
The bloodiest single attack on Sarajevo’s civilians since the war began 22 months ago came just after noon, as people filled the Markale market to scavenge for basic necessities.
“There are trucks of dead. There are legs, arms, heads, as many as you want,” said a wounded young man waiting for care at Kosevo Hospital.
President Alija Izetbegovic’s spokesman, Kemal Muftic, said the 120mm mortar shell was fired from a Serb-held position north of Sarajevo. U.N. troops were analyzing the crater to determine the shell’s origin.
Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic suggested government soldiers had fired on their own people as a way of persuading NATO to go ahead with threatened air strikes on Serb positions. But there was no evidence to support such a charge, which was immediately dismissed by the Bosnian government.
“We see the shells coming from the hills,” Bosnian Vice President Ejup Ganic told CNN. “This is a city under siege.”
U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, in a statement, condemned the attack and ordered an immediate investigation.
Civilians have been targeted numberous times since Sarajevo’s siege began in April 1992. In most cases, U.N. officials have found Serb gunners ringing the city responsible.
To the horrified bystanders, the question of who fired the shell seemed less important than how it reflected the world community’s impotence at ending the war.
“Thank you, Boutros-Ghali. Thank you, Clinton,” one man yelled.