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Two killed, nine wounded in Croatian grenade attack

ZAGREB, May 26, 2000 -- (Reuters) Two people were killed and nine wounded when a war veteran detonated two hand grenades in a post office in the eastern town of Vinkovci on Thursday, Croatian media and local officials said.

"Two people were killed on the spot," a source at Vinkovci hospital, who did not wish to be named, told Reuters. The source said nine other people were wounded, four seriously.

State news agency Hina said most of the wounded were post office employees who were present when Vedran Sencic, 25, entered the main post office in Vinkovci, a former frontline town 300 km (180 miles) east of the capital Zagreb.

Sencic, a veteran from Croatia's 1991-95 independence war, engaged in a short conversation with a clerk, then took two M-52 hand grenades from his bag and detonated them on the counter, killing himself and an employee, the agency said.

Sencic was apparently told he could not draw cash without presenting a personal identification document, it quoted an eyewitness as saying.

The Vinkovci police chief, who confirmed the explosion to Reuters, declined to give any other details. "The investigation is under way," he said.



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