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Four Killed in Serbia Explosion

January 7, 2002

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) _ A man set off a hand grenade in a pub in northern Serbia, killing four people and injuring another 20 on Monday, the state-run Tanjug news agency reported.

The report said that an unidentified man set off the blast at the Big Rouge pub in Novi Knezevac, a town about 80 miles north of the capital Belgrade, near the Hungarian border. The man died in the explosion along with three other customers.

The pub was packed with people celebrating Orthodox Christmas, Tanjug reported. According to the agency, the motive for the blast was not known. Police sealed off the premises to investigate.

Police did not immediately comment on the explosion.

After four wars in the past decade, much of the Balkans is strewn with mines, and large quantities of weapons and ammunition remain unaccounted for and in private possession.

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