Two Soldiers Die, One Injured in Yugoslav Barracks Shooting With AM-Yugoslavia, Bjt
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) _ A 19-year-old soldier shot and killed one colleague and injured another at a Yugoslav army barracks Tuesday before committing suicide, a military statement said.
It was the second such incident within a week. On Thursday, a soldier escaped from a stockade in another barracks in southern Yugoslavia, killing seven other soldiers before taking his own life.
In both cases, the assailants were ethnic Hungarians.
Tuesday’s incident in Sabac, about 60 miles west of Belgrade, occurred in the early morning hours during the change of guard, the military statement said. It identified the killer, who reportedly fired his automatic rifle at two ethnic Serb soldiers, as Nandor Kis.
The incidents illustrate the ethnic tensions within the armed forces of Yugoslavia, now made up of Serbia and Montenegro. Many ethnic Albanians and Hungarians are avoiding the draft, claiming they are persecuted in the Serb- dominated force.