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Bosnia suspect's wife shot dead
Eufor soldiers near Rogatica, Bosnia
Hungarian Eufor troops secured the area after the shoot-out
The wife of a Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect has been killed in an exchange of gunfire as European Union forces closed in to arrest her husband.

Doctors in Foca, in south-east Bosnia-Hercegovina, said Rada Abazovic died in hospital from bullet wounds.

Her husband, Dragomir Abazovic, and her 12-year-old son, were also injured and have both been admitted to hospital.

A spokesman for the EU force (Eufor) said Mr Abazovic had shot himself when he realised there was no escape.

Mr Abazovic is wanted by Bosnia-Hercegovina's war crimes court for offences he is alleged to have committed in the 1990s around Rogatica, the town in south-east Bosnia where he was arrested.

Operation

Lieutenant Colonel Jem Thomas confirmed the shoot-out had taken place.

"During preparation for the operation with the Rogatica local police on the site, Eufor troops were fired upon and they returned fire," he said.

"During the exchange, two people in the house were injured; the suspect, unable to escape, subsequently injured himself.

"No Eufor troops were injured in the exchange of fire."

Reports say the boy has been operated on and is out of danger, but his father is still in a critical condition.

Mr Abazovic is not on the list of suspects wanted by the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

Eufor took over peacekeeping in Bosnia from a Nato force in 2004.


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