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Saturday, August 29, 1998 Published at 17:34 GMT 18:34 UK


World: Europe

Serbs highlight 'KLA atrocity'

Journalists were shown what the Serbs said was a makeshift crematorium

Serb forces have shown journalists charred remnants of bodies, said to be civilians killed by the Kosovo Liberation Army. Nenad Sebek reports from Belgrade

The police are saying 22 Serb civilians were killed in the village of Klecka in July.

The police took the village after heavy fighting on Thursday night and have quickly given access to television crews and foreign correspondents.


[ image: Charred remnants of bodies were on display]
Charred remnants of bodies were on display
The bodies are said to have been burned in an improvised crematorium and only charred remnants were found.

In front of journalists, the state prosecutor interviewed two ethnic Albanians who admitted to being members of the Kosovo Liberation Army and to taking part in the killings.

The reporters were not allowed to speak independently to the prisoners. Bullet scars were found on trees behind the place where the shooting is said to have taken place.

One-hundred-and-seventy-three Serbs have disappeared this year in Kosovo; they are presumed to be held prisoners by the Kosovo Liberation Army.


The BBC's Nenad Sebek reporting for BBC World
The village of Klecka, some 40km south-west of the provincial capital Pristina, appears to have been an important logistics and training base for the armed separatist movement.

The police have shown a large quantity of ammunition and weapons, saying they were seized in Klecka.

Elsewhere in Kosovo, the police said it killed seven members of the Kosovo Liberation Army in the village of Donja Susica on Saturday morning and the UN refugee agency says it has reports of at least 17 ethnic Albanians being killed by the police in the region of Malisevo over the past few days.



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