Sunday, May 30, 1999 Published at 22:47 GMT 23:47 UK
Nato confirms bridge attack
Varvarin: Cars may have fallen into the water after the strike
Nato says its aircraft carried out an attack on a bridge in the south-central Serbian town of Varvarin, which Yugoslav reports say killed at least 11 civilians.
At least 40 people were injured when four missiles blasted the bridge, the state run news agency Tanjug said.
In a separate report, Tanjug said foreign journalists travelling in a car in Kosovo were also subject to a Nato attack.
The agency said the driver was killed and one British, one French and one Italian journalist had been injured.
The UK Foreign Office said it had been informed that a journalist from The Times newspaper, Eve-Ann Prentice, was being treated in a hospital in Prizren.
A colleague at The Times said an interpreter travelling with the journalists had also been killed.
Nato issued a statement on Sunday, confirming four planes had attacked the bridge over the Velika Morava river at Varvarin. All "precision-guided ordnance" had hit the target, it said.
Yugoslav media said the final death toll might rise, as some cars on the bridge fell into the river. The injured were reportedly taken to hospitals in nearby Krusevac and Paracin.
Nato is understood to have struck at 1pm local time (1100GMT) on Sunday, Tanjug said the area would have been crowded with people attending the town market.
The bridge is thought to be the sole remaining direct link from the north to the south central region of Serbia.
In two previous bridge attacks, injuring or killing civilians, Nato has admitted carrying out the strike in one case, but denied responsibility for the other.
Fresh atrocity stories
In a separate development, UK Foreign Secretary Robin Cook denied newspaper reports that Nato defence ministers had discussed launching of a ground invasion of Kosovo when they met in Bonn on Thursday.
Saturday was the 68th day of the bombing campaign. It coincided with a fresh exodus of refugees from Kosovo into Macedonia.
Many refugees told stories of atrocities and abuse at the hands of Serb forces. Men said they were held in a prison and attacked by their guards.
Elsewhere, Italian coastguards rescued a group of about 500 Kosovo Albanian refugees whose fishing vessel ran into difficulties while they were being smuggled across the sea from Montenegro to Italy.
After his visit, Yugoslavia reiterated its "general acceptance" of the principles drawn up for a diplomatic settlement by Russia and the seven other G8 nations.
Nato has pressed Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to confirm this position, as another 68 US warplanes join the Nato force engaged against Yugoslavia.
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