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Serb Paramilitary Leader Said Dead

January 15, 2000

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) _ Zeljko Raznatovic, the notorious Serb paramilitary leader better known as Arkan, was shot and killed Saturday in a Belgrade hotel, an independent news agency said.

Arkan was shot in the head and rushed to a hospital for emergency surgery, said police at the scene who spoke on condition of anonymity.

A doctor at Belgrade’s emergency hospital said he had seen Arkan and that ``all vital functions had stopped.″ One policeman also said that he had died, either en route or after arrival to hospital. The doctor and the police officer both asked their names not be used.

Two independent news outlets, Studio B television and the Beta news agency, also said he was dead.

Arkan, who was indicted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal, was shot in the lobby of Belgrade’s Hotel Intercontinental by a group of attackers, said witnesses who asked for anonymity. Police at the scene said he was shot in the head and taken to hospital for emergency surgery.

One of his body guards, identified as Momcilo Mandic, was killed and another person also seriously injured. The group was sitting in a sectioned-off part of the lobby when the assailants attacked.

A source said Arkan was hit by at least one round from a Heckler and Koch submachine gun that apparently entered his head through an eye.

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