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Friday, 16 June, 2000, 20:29 GMT 21:29 UK
Draskovic gunmen 'arrested'
Vuk Draskovic
Mr Draskovic blames President Milosevic for the attack
Police in Montenegro say they have arrested the gunmen who shot and wounded Serb opposition leader Vuk Draskovic.

Officials also say they know who ordered the shooting, which Mr Draskovic claims was carried out on the orders of President Milosevic.

Mr Draskovic, 53, was hit twice in the head when the attackers sprayed gunfire into his the town of Budva. One bullet grazed his temple, the other his ear.

The security forces have turned the country into a lawless concentration camp

Vuk Draskovic

Yugoslav government officials said the event could have been staged to gain the opposition leader public support.

"Police are in possession of the attack weapon and are holding the persons who carried it out, together with those who assisted them, but we also know who ordered this crime," Vuk Boskovic, an assistant to the interior minister, told Montenegrin state television.

Mr Boskovic said the attackers had "come to Montenegro from Serbia, with a plan to kill."

Photographer and blood
The scene of the shooting at Mr Draskovic's seaside home
He added: "The names and other details cannot be published now for understandable reasons."

Mr Draskovic, who leads Serbia's largest opposition party the Serbian Renewal Movement, accused President Milosevic and his wife, Mirjana Markovic, of masterminding what he called an assassination attempt - and said more attacks would follow.

"The security forces have turned the country into a lawless concentration camp where gangland-style killings continue to be the way of governing," said Mr Draskovic.

Bloodshed continues
June 2000: Vuk Draskovic survives shooting
May: Goran Zugic, national security adviser to pro-West Montenegrin president, shot dead
April: National airline chief shot dead in street
February: Defence minister Pavle Bulatovic shot dead in Belgrade
January: Serbian warlord Arkan shot dead in Belgrade
October 1999 Draskovic survives road accident "assassination attempt"

Javier Solana, the European Union's foreign and security policy chief, said the attack "illustrates the sad state of political affairs" in a country "where the use of brute force has become a standard method for settling political differences." Mr Draskovic's aides say this is the second attempt on his life.

Last October, he was involved in a mysterious car accident in which four of his staff were killed.

Yugoslavia has witnessed a string of other murders, all with apparently political motives.

Only two weeks ago, the head of security for Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic was shot and killed in the capital, Podgorica.

Mr Milosevic still holds the reins of power

In February, Yugoslavia's Defence Minister Pavle Bulatovic was shot dead in a fashion similar to the attempt on Mr Draskovic's life.

Mr Bulatovic was sitting in a restaurant when gunmen opened fire through the window.

Mr Draskovic had until recently been regarded as the most popular opposition figure in Yugoslavia.

But his personal rivalries and feuding with other leaders have been a major factor in preventing the opposition from mounting a serious challenge to Mr Milosevic's regime.

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