Explosives thrown at house of Bosnian Muslim returnees

BANJA LUKA, Jun 28, 2000 -- (AFP) An explosive device caused extensive damage to the house of a Muslim family in Prnjavor, northern Bosnia, UN spokesman Alun Roberts said here Tuesday.

The Muslim family returned to Prnjavor, in the Bosnian Serb entity, at the beginning of the year, and they have received several threats by telephone ahead of the attack late Monday, Roberts told a press conference.

Roberts also reported that a Muslim in the northern Bosnian town of Novi Grad employed in the town hall was roughed up by a group of some 20 Serbs on June 17.

Another Muslim in Kozarska Dubica, also in Serb territory, was threatened by a group of Serbs last month, Roberts said.

The UN recently announced that the rate of "minority returns" -- the return of Muslim, Serb or Croat refugees in an area under the control of another community -- was on the increase in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

More violence against these returnees has also been reported recently.

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