Balkan Update

October 28, 1993

Eighteen people were killed in a crackdown by security forces on rampaging army gangs in SARAJEVO. Interior Minister Bakir Alispahic said 537 members of two army brigades suspected of being involved in organized crime were detained in the sweep Tuesday but 428 were freed after they were found to be "disciplined and loyal soldiers."

United Nations envoy Thorvald Stoltenberg said in GENEVA the Bosnian army appeared to be responsible for an attack on a U.N. relief convoy Monday in which a Danish driver was killed and 11 people wounded. The attack led to the suspension of U.N. aid convoys to central Bosnia.

Mr. Stoltenberg also said he and Lord Owen of the European Community have not given up on negotiations but that it would take months to prepare for new talks.

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