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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Serbs Pressure UN Forces With Bomb Blasts, Posters

PALE, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- An explosion damaged the house of a United Nations police monitor in northwestern Bosnia on Friday morning in what appeared to be another incident of harassment targeting international officials in the Serb-held half of the country.

Overnight, posters showing wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic were plastered on building walls, shop windows and traffic signs across Serb territory.

"Don't touch him,'' warned some. "He means peace,'' and "He is freedom,'' said others.

Tensions between Bosnian Serbs and foreigners have increased over the past week after British peacekeeping troops killed one indicted war crimes suspect and arrested another in the northwestern town of Prijedor. Homes, offices or vehicles used by international organizations in Serb-held towns have been targeted in explosions, and an American soldier was stabbed.

Bosnian Serb media reported Friday that in a "spontaneous reaction'' to foreign pressure, people were refusing to serve foreigners in their restaurants or sell them goods in shops.

Dozens of war crimes suspects indicted by the UN tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, remain at large. Karadzic, the No. 1 suspect, has strengthened security precautions to deter potential attempts to capture him. Now his backers appear to have started a campaign to suggest broad public support for him.

The Bosnian Serb authorities on Friday demanded the release from detention of Milan Kovacevic, who was arrested last week in Prijedor and brought to The Hague, the Bosnian Serb news agency SRNA reported.