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Montenegro Official Murdered

June 1, 2000

PODGORICA, Yugoslavia (AP) _ A top security adviser of Montenegro’s pro-Western president was shot and killed late Wednesday, witnesses said.

The death of Goran Zugic, a former ranking police officer, was the first murder of a prominent Montenegrin official after a series of high-profile killings in Serbia.

Zugic was killed in front of his home in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, which forms Yugoslavia along with the larger Serbia.

Zugic, 45, was as a security adviser of President Milo Djukanovic, who is at odds with Yugoslav autocratic President Slobodan Milosevic.

Reporters saw Zugic’s body as police investigated the murder in a dark alley in front of his home. Police blocked all major roads in Podgorica, searching for the culprit.

The slayings in Serbia included warlord Zeljko Raznatovic, known as Arkan, in January, defense minister Pavle Bulatovic in February and ruling party official Bosko Perosevic in May.

Djukanovic is at odds with Milosevic over a series of political and economic issues. Montenegro is seeking autonomy or outright independence from Yugoslavia because of Milosevic’s autocratic policies.

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