Eight injured, including five children, in E.Bosnia

BANJA LUKA, Jul 26, 2000 -- (AFP) Eight people, including five children, were injured in incidents in a Bosnian Serb village outside the eastern town of Bijeljina, following protests against evictions, police said Tuesday.

The incidents took place when some 250 residents in the village of Janja protested Monday against the planned evictions of three Bosnian Serb refugee families, living in Muslim houses.

After the protest, a Bosnian Muslim, Cerim Hrustembegovic, attacked two Serb women with a stick and stones, injuring one of them badly, a Bijeljina police statement said.

The crowd then smashed windows and set fire to his house and vehicle.

The fire was brought under control and Hrustembegovic and his wife were taken to a police station for their own safety.

Later, at around 10:00 PM (0800 GMT), five Bosnian Serb children were injured, one of them seriously, by a hand-grenade hurled by an unidentified assailant. Another hand-grenade was subsequently thrown at a Muslim's house, slightly injuring the owner.

Police were trying to find the perpetrators, the statement said.

The Bosnian Serb SRNA agency meanwhile reported that six people, including two Muslims, had been arrested.

Russian soldiers serving with the NATO-led Stabilization Force (SFOR) were patrolling the village Tuesday, it said.

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