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Serb Opposition Leader Wounded

June 16, 2000

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) _ Controversial Serb opposition leader Vuk Draskovic was slightly wounded early Friday during an attack by an unknown assailant, the independent Beta news agency reported.

The shooting occurred shortly after midnight at Draskovic’s vacation home in the Montenegran coastal town of Budva, Beta said.

A senior party official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that one bullet struck Draskovic in the ear while another grazed his temple.

The official said the Draskovic home was ``peppered with bullets.″

In Belgrade, Draskovic’s Serbian Renewal Movement said the attackers ``sprayed machine gun fire″ on his house in a ``new assassination attempt.″

The Serb leader was taken to a hospital in the town of Kotor, 22 miles southwest of the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica. A nurse on duty, who declined to give her name, said Draskovic was released after receiving treatment for ``bullet injuries.″

The incident was the latest in a series of attacks against prominent figures in Yugoslavia. On May 31, Goran Zugic, the national security adviser to Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic, was gunned down in front of his home in Podgorica.

In January, Serbia’s most infamous warlord Zeljko Raznatovic, known as Arkan, was murdered in Belgrade. One month later, Defense Minister Pavle Bulatovic was shot dead in a restaurant in the Yugoslav capital.

On Oct. 3, Draskovic survived a automobile accident in which three members of his party, including his brother-in-law, were killed.

Draskovic himself suffered only minor injuries but called the incident an assassination attempt.

At the time, Draskovic was in a car convoy when a truck coming the other way caused the crash by swerving out of its lane.

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