NATO-led peacekeepers today searched the wartime Bosnian Serb stronghold of war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic, a spokesman said.
The alliance had received a tip that a war crimes suspect was in an area of the eastern town of Pale, about 16 kilometres (10 miles) east of Sarajevo, said Capt. David Sullivan, a spokesman for the alliance in Sarajevo. He declined to name the suspect.
“We are acting on information we received early this morning about a suspected war criminal and his supporters,” Sullivan said. “Along with the Bosnian Serb police we made a quick response.”
The operation began around 2 a.m. local time. Local police secured the area to “ensure that the suspect and his supporters do not have the opportunity to leave, while about 80 peacekeepers searched the town,” Sulivan said, declining to give further details.
Pale was the seat of the Bosnian Serb government during the 1992-95 war, which pitted Bosnia’s Muslims, Croats and Serbs against each other, killing about 260,000 people.
Many war crimes suspects, including the two most wanted – Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb wartime leader, and his military commander, Ratko Mladic, remain at large.
Karadzic and Mladic are believed to be hiding in eastern Bosnia and in neighbouring Serbia-Montenegro.
The peacekeeping force includes 12,000 peacekeepers from 30 countries.