Stanica Savic, the mother of killed Kosovo Serb school teacher Miomir Savic, mourns over a coffin with his remains during a funeral in the village of Cernica, September 2, 2003. Savic died in a hospital at the U.S. Army’s Camp Bondsteel from wounds sustained when a hand-grenade exploded, outside a shop in the village of Cernica on Sunday. REUTERS/Stringer Reuters – Sep 02 3:33 PM
ONE SERB DIED AND FOUR WOUNDED IN LATEST KOSOVO ATTACK
Gracanica, September 01, 2003
Last night, the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska and Prizren received urgent news of a new attack on Serbs in ethnically mixed village of Cernica (pr. Tsernitsa) near Gnjilane (pr. Gneelaneh), 40 km southeast from the Provincial capital Pristina.
First explosion occurred around 19.50, Sunday evening. Local sources claim that unknown person hurled an explosive device from a deserted house on a group of Serbs who were standing in front of the local village store, in the centre of the village. Five Serb males sustained wounds in this explosion.
One of the injured, Miomir Savic (born 1968) was transported by KFOR helicopter with very serious injuries to the U.S. Camp Bondsteel, three males were transported with unknown injuries to Vranje hospital (South Serbia) and another male was hospitalized in Gnjilane regional hospital.
Five minutes after the first explosion, around 19.55, another explosion was heard in the lower (Serbian) part of the village. In this attack no one was injured.
Members of U.S. KFOR, in which area of responsibility the attack occurred, have been searching the village. According to the local sources they have found a larger quantity of explosives in the deserted house which was ready to be exploded. If the explosives had been detonated number of victims could have been much higher, local sources say.
Yesterday’s attack is not the only attack on members of Serb community in Cernica village. Kosovo Albanian extremists have made several attacks in the last four years on their Serb neighbors. On May 28, 2000 Albanian extremists killed three Serbs (among them one child) and wounded five more in Cernica. This was the hardest blow this little Serb community suffered after the deployment of the peacekeeping forces in June 1999.
Serbian population in Kosovsko Pomoravlje (Eastern part of the UN administered Province) and the rest of Kosovo and Metohija are in shock and alarm after the yesterday’s attack in Cernica.
Presently, in Cernica village there are 450 Serbs and 3000 Kosovo Albanians who live in separate parts of the village.