UN vehicles damaged in hand grenade attack in Pale

SARAJEVO, Feb 1, 2000 -- (AFP) Three U.N. vehicles were damaged Monday night when a hand grenade was thrown in front of a U.N. police station in the Bosnian Serb town of Pale, a U.N. spokesman said Tuesday.

The incident occurred at 9.30 p.m. but caused no casualties, U.N. spokesman Douglas Coffman said.

The U.N. International Police Task Force (IPTF) monitors the work of local police all over Bosnia.

Coffman said that U.N. Secretary General Special Representative in Bosnia Jacques Klein had described the incident as "typical of the remaining hard-line obstructionists who continue to carry out cowardly acts of violence, always anonymously, against unarmed innocents".

Pale, some 13 miles (20 kilometers) east of Sarajevo, was the wartime stronghold of Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, twice indicted by the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia for crimes committed by his forces against non-Serbs during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia.