Serbs Kill 1,040 Bosniak Civilians in Bijeljina massacre, First days of war
The Bijeljina massacre refers to the killings of Bosniak civilians by the Serbian paramilitary group Arkan’s Tigers during the Bosnian war. Almost all victims were killed more than three years before the Srebrenica genocide (April-May 1992) when Serbs forces were torching Bosniak villages and killing Bosnian Muslim civilians in eastern Bosnia (Bijeljina, Bratunac, Srebrenica, Zvornik, Foca). Arkan’s Tigers, under JNA command, invaded Bijeljina on 1 April 1992. Local courts have not filed a single war-crimes indictment.The Research and Documentation Center in Sarajevo says some 1,040 people were killed in the town.
Eyewitnesses of the killings included photo journalist Ron Haviv, who was invited by Arkan himself. One of his pictures, which depicted “Arkan’s militiaman kicking a dying woman”, was later published and caused Arkan to put out a death warrant on Haviv.