A grenade blamed on Bosnian Serbs landed in Sarajevo’s notorious Sniper Alley on Tuesday, tearing a hole in a streetcar and in Bosnia’s tentative peace. One man was killed and at least 19 people were wounded.
The attack was the worst cease-fire violation since an Oct. 12 truce by Bosnia’s warring factions, which signed a U.S.-brokered peace agreement Dec. 14.
The White House announced Tuesday that President Clinton would travel to Bosnia this weekend to visit American peacekeeping troops who are part of the 60,000-member NATO-led force enforcing the peace accord.
The attack may have been designed to test the resolve of troops.
Maj. Peter Bulloch, a spokesman for the NATO-led Implementation Force, or IFOR, confirmed that the lethal grenade was fired from a Serbheld position above the central city.
The Bosnian Serb news agency, SRNA, denied Serbs were to blame.
American soldiers traveling in a passing vehicle at the time escaped injury by sheer luck. Their four-seat unarmored Humvee was hit by a fragment of the grenade as it exploded, NATO spokesman Maj. Simon Haselock said late Tuesday.
The 12-inch section, including the grenade’s entire tail fin, embedded itself in the left-hand front splash guard of the vehicle, Haselock said.