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4 Killed, 7 Injured by Shrapnel and Snipers in Sarajevo

November 09, 1994| From Associated Press

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Sniping and shrapnel killed four people and wounded seven in Sarajevo on Tuesday as increasing violence on battlefields around the country spread to the besieged capital.

The dead included three children, hospital officials said. Five children were wounded in the fighting, the heaviest in central Sarajevo in nearly six weeks.

It was too early to say who was responsible, but Bosnian Serbs have threatened to avenge battlefield losses by tightening their grip on Muslim-held Sarajevo. The Bosnian government army said it will retaliate for Tuesday's attacks.

Pools of blood stained the pavement in front of Sarajevo's main Kosevo hospital as staff rushed to attend the wounded.

"Can't anybody help us?" said Sandra Kubura, a neighbor of 11-year-old Nermina Omerovic, who was killed by a Serbian sniper in central Sarajevo. "They've been shooting constantly for the last two days."

The front lines had been stable as the two sides wrangled over details of a peace plan. But in recent weeks, negotiations have taken a back seat to fighting.

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