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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yugoslav Patrol Arrests 4 OSCE Staff




BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- The Yugoslav army said Thursday it had arrested two Britons and two Canadians in Montenegro carrying military equipment and explosives and suggested they were specialists in sabotage.


It said a patrol had arrested them on Tuesday night along the Montenegrin boundary with Kosovo, adding they may have been training police in Montenegro, whose pro-Western leaders oppose Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.


The Kosovo office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said the Britons named by the army were two missing OSCE personnel who worked for a police training school in Kosovo and had been on vacation in Montenegro.


Laura O'Mahoney, press officer for the OSCE, said the instructors were not armed and did not carry out regular police duties in Kosovo, only training.


Police photographs and short film clips of the four men, wearing casual shirts, were later shown on state television along with pictures of personal belongings and coils of wire.


Britain's Foreign Office summoned Yugoslavia's representative in London to press for information over the arrests.


The arrests come hot on the heels of an announcement by Yugoslav officials that four Dutchmen planning to kill or kidnap Milosevic had been arrested in a nearby area of Serbia.


The OSCE named the Britons as Adrian Prangnell and John Yore and said the Canadians were Shuan Going and Liam Hall. The OSCE said the Canadians were aid workers in Kosovo.