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Attack On Serbian President Deemed 'Road Rage'

2 December 2004 -- Serbian Interior Minister Dragan Jocic has said a feared assassination attempt on President Boris Tadic was actually a case of "road rage" in which an enraged driver repeatedly tried to collide with the official motorcade.

Jocic said a security guard employed by the U.S. Embassy admitted yesterday that he was the driver of the car that attempted several times to hit Tadic's in Belgrade on the evening of 30 November.

Officials said the driver, Miroslav Cimpl, had become irritated at the manner in which Tadic's vehicles were being driven through Belgrade traffic.

Tadic is widely resented by Serbian nationalists for his pro-Western policies and support for the UN war crimes tribunal at The Hague, heightening fears that political or criminal elements might make an attempt on his life.

In 2003, pro-Western Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic was killed by a sniper's bullet near his downtown government office in Belgrade. Djindjic had been the apparent target of an attack on his car prior to the fatal shooting.

(Reuters/AP/AFP)

Copyright (c) 2004. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036. www.rferl.org



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