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German Magazine IDs Kosovo Victims

June 14, 1999

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) _ Two journalists killed by gunmen in Kosovo were identified Monday by the newsmagazine Stern as a staff photographer and reporter. The German magazine said the reporting team’s translator was missing.

The weekly identified the men killed near Dulje as photographer Volker Kraemer, 56, and reporter Gabriel Gruener, 35. The two were hit Sunday evening when unidentified gunmen fired on their car, the magazine said.

Kraemer died of gunshot wounds at the scene. Canadian soldiers rushed Gruener to a hospital in Macedonia, where he died.

``We are shocked and at a loss. The two colleagues were among the most experienced and sensible reporters at Stern. The deaths are an unimaginable loss,″ Stern’s chief editor Michael Maier said in a statement.

Kraemer got his first break as a photographer during the 1968 Soviet crackdown in Czechoslovakia. He joined Stern a year later, covering conflicts during a 30-year career that took him to Eritrea, Kazakstan, Turkey and South Africa, among others.

Gruener was an experienced Balkans reporter who filed reports for Stern from the region and other crisis areas _ including Somalia, Afghanistan, Algeria and Sudan _ since 1991.

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