Serbs disappear from village, Albanians flee

BELGRADE, Jun 26, 2000 -- (Reuters) Two elderly Serbs disappeared from a village in a volatile area of Serbia near the boundary with Kosovo and all their Albanian neighbors then fled to Kosovo, Serb and Albanian sources said on Sunday.

A Serbian police officer said by telephone that Vlado Miletic, 95, and his daughter Persa, 64, the only Serbs living in Mali Trnovac, had gone missing from the village and police had found traces of blood and bullets in their house on Friday.

Police inspector Vujica Velickovic said the two had most probably been killed but their bodies had not been found.

A representative of a human rights committee in nearby Bujanovac, Shaip Kamberi, an Albanian, confirmed the disappearance and said the perpetrators were not known. He said around 20 Albanian families had fled Mali Trnovac to Kosovo in "fear of revenge".

The area had seen sporadic clashes between police and an armed Albanian group calling itself the Liberation Army of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja at the beginning of the year, but tensions had died down until several bomb blasts last week.

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