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Thursday, March 25, 1999 Published at 16:55 GMT


How the Serbian media reported the strikes

Yugoslav papers reported on the attacks

Serbian media carried reports on the consequences of the Nato air strikes in their news bulletins on Thursday morning.

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The Belgrade-based independent Radio B92 said that a soldier had been killed in raids on Montenegro, but no civilian casualties were reported.

Serbian state radio's correspondent in the Kosovo capital Pristina said that nine missiles fired by the "Nato criminal force" hit the Pristina area after midnight.

"The explosions started at 10 minutes after midnight. Smoke was seen south-west of the town."

The correspondent went on to quote eyewitnesses in Vucitrn and Kosovska Mitrovica, in northern Kosovo.

'Aircraft shot down'

They were reported as saying that "in the first aggressive attack by Nato aircraft on targets in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, the Yugoslav Army's air defence shot down one aircraft on Mt. Cicavica, 3 km west of Vucitrn, at about 2200".

The radio's correspondent in Novi Sad, northern Serbia, said that four people wounded was the "tragic outcome" of the 17 missiles fired at four towns in Vojvodna - Sombor, Pancevo, Kula, and Novi Sad.

"One enemy missile was shot down in the Kula area," the correspondent added.

From Kraljevo, south of Belgrade, Serbian state radio reported: "One missile hit the runway of the military airport in Ladjevici near Kraljevo after 2000 last night.

"As we have learned unofficially, the missile did not cause great material damage, nor were there any casualties.

" We have also learned that cruise missiles targeted the transmitters on Mt. Kopaonik."

From Uzice, in western Serbia, state radio reported that "Nato aircraft fired several missiles at the Ponikve airfield and one military facility near Uzice.

'No casualties'

"According to the Uzice Corps Information Service, no one was wounded, and there were no casualties."

Prokuplje, in southern Serbia was reported to have been hit by "three projectiles during Nato's aggression".

The radio said: "The projectiles hit the barracks, causing material damage . There were no casualties. Several soldiers were wounded slightly.

"They were immediately admitted to the Prokuplje health centre."

Target 'failure'

According to B92, the air strikes failed to hit a key weapons factory in Kragujevac, central Serbia. It rejected reports that the Zastava car and weapons factory was on fire.

A correspondent said: "A Kragujevac TV team has gone to the spot and found out that Zastava has not been hit. I can also confirm this."

Three missiles were reported to have hit the Milan Blagojevic barracks in Kragujevac, but "since the barracks were empty and soldiers on their positions, only material damage was inflicted", B92 added.

Serbian radio, reporting from the Montenegrin capital Podgorica, said that Nato had hit the Golubovci airport as passengers were disembarking from an internal flight.

'Calm'

It said: "Podgorica is completely calm, after the criminal bombing by Nato forces, which started at 2030 last night.

"Nato aircraft hit the Golubovci military airport with several missiles. Bombs also hit the civilian airport at the time when the Belgrade-Podgorica civil aircraft was landing.

"According to eyewitnesses, bombs exploded around the plane as the passengers were disembarking.

"Fortunately, no one was wounded or killed. The Podgorica-Petrovac main road was also hit."

Impact of bombing

The radio went on to describe the impact of the bombing elsewhere in Montenegro.

It said: "The aggressor's aircraft also hit the Danilovgrad barracks. We have learnt from a source close to the Yugoslav Army that three guards were wounded, one of them seriously.

"They are already undergoing treatment in the Podgorica medical centre."

According to B92, one soldier from Belgrade was killed during the raid on the Danilovgrad barracks.

The B92 report added that a radar installation near Sutomore and targets in Ulcinj and the Lustica peninsula had also been also hit.



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