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Captured KLA Men Say
Serbs Were Executed
August 29, 1998 Klecka, Kosovo
NOTE: This is Reuters' wire report. Very few people read wire reports.
We do not know whether this text was ever printed in any of the Western journals.
The text of the report is presented here in its entirety.
For fair use only
Published under the provision of
U.S. Code, Title 17, section 107.
There was no trace of the other corpses.
DULJE, Serbia, Aug 28 (Reuters)- Serbian police said they
captured an ethnic Albanian guerrilla base in southwest
Kosovo where Serb civilian hostages were executed, Tanjug
news agency reported on Friday.
The seizure of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) command
post in the village of Klecka on Thursday completed the
recapture of villages, straddling the Pec-Prizren road, from
ethnic Albanian separatists who held them for three months.
Police escorted journalists into the area on Friday after three
days of fierce fighting to dislodge its KLA defenders.
Reporters for Western
media said two captured KLA men
showed them a spot in Klecka where 10 Serbs -- including
three women and two children -- were shot by a KLA firing
Pristina country court investigating magistrate Danica
Marinkovic said four burned bodies found in the village
were believed to be those of victims of the shootings.
Dulje, 10 km (six miles) south of Klecka, and other villages
around it on the highway are in an area which has been under
heavy assault by Serb security forces who over the last
month have rolled back the KLA's territorial gains in west
and southwest Kosovo.
"This region was a terrorist stronghold from where they
could control the main road," police spokesman Colonel
Bozidar Filic said.
"From positions here and across the road the KLA had been
attacking police and army outposts and patrols for more than
He said many Serb civilians had been
kidnapped in the area, mostly taken off the buses or grabbed
The fierceness of the fighting around Dulje was obvious.
The village of Crnoljevo, where up to 2,000 ethnic
Albanians lived before the clashes began, was deserted
except for police. Most of the houses were demolished or
The battle for Crnoljevo was intense because the area was a
pocket of the toughest KLA resistance, Serb police said.
"One policemen was killed and four were wounded. We
found six dead Albanians," Filic told reporters on a hill
criss-crossed by trenches dug by the KLA and now used by
The ethnic Albanian Kosovo Information Centre (KIC) said
on Friday that six ethnic Albanians were killed on Thursday
around Suva Reka further down the same road towards
Five people were killed in the western Malisevo region on
Thursday and Friday, it said.
The KLA is battling for the independence of Kosovo, where
ethnic Albanians make up about 90 percent of the province's
two million people. At least 265,000 Kosovars have been
displaced by the fighting.
In the area around Dulje, a dusty side road running through
densly forested hills above Crnoljevo was covered with
debris and the remains of KLA barricades.
A column of Yugoslav army tanks, heavy guns, armoured
personnel carriers and lorries passed along the
Pristina-Prizren road On Friday.
"There were no civilian casualties in this operation," a
member of the Serbian Anti-Terrorist Unmit (SAJ) said.
" We do not know how many of their fighters were actually
killed because they (the KLA) take their wounded and dead
with them. We saw bloodstains in the woods."
Copyright 1998 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
PS: Notice that the above Reuters' article had to have
the obligatory sentence: "ethnic Albanians make up
about 90 percent of the province's two million people."
The sentence was repeated as a mantra by Western press. The
intention was to claim: "Albanians are majority - so why
should they not have right to secede from the country?"
Of course, Western countries would never let portions of their
countries where minorities are majority secede. Also, most
importantly, Western media never mentioned how ethnic Albanians
got to be voping 90% of the population of Kosovo. They achieved
that through terror and by cleansing the ethnic Serbs and other
[ "Double standard!" cry the Serbs ]
[ The story of Klecka crematorium ]