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Seven Bosnian former soldiers arrested over wartime killings

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Seven former soldiers of the Bosnian army were arrested on Friday, suspected of having killed 20 Bosnian Serb civilians during the country's 1992-95 war, the prosecutor's office said.

The seven are suspected of attacking a group of Serb civilians in eastern Bosnia, killing mostly women, children and elderly people fleeing fighting in the area, said a statement from the war crimes prosecutor's office.

The crime was described by the Bosnian prosecutor as "the worst wartime killing of Serbs in eastern Bosnia."

The inter-ethnic war in Bosnia claimed around 100,000 lives and led to some two million refugees and displaced people, almost half of the former Yugoslav republic's pre-war population.

Bosnia set up a war crimes prosecutor's office and court in 2005 to assist the UN's International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague by dealing with lower-level cases on a national basis.

So far, the local court has closed 110 cases, handing down several hundred guilty verdicts.

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http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131227/seven-bosnian-former-soldiers-arrested-over-wartime-killings