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In a raid early Wednesday morning, NATO-led Stabilization Force troops again failed to capture one of the two most wanted persons indicted for war crimes in the former Yugoslavia.

Two civilians were injured in the raid to capture Radovan Karadzic.

Karadzic, along with Gen. Ratko Mladic, are accused of masterminding the massacre of up to 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica, which came to be known as Europe’s worst slaughter of civilians since World War II.

About 40 American, British and Italian troops began the search for Karadzic at 1:15 on Wednesday morning at the administrative and accommodation building next to the Serbian Orthodox Church in Pale, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The building is home to three priests, according to Reuters news service. American soldiers from Multinational Brigade North provided air support during the operation, said Maj. Jarrod Krull, a spokesman from Eagle Base.

“Despite all precautions to minimize the risk, regrettably during the conduct of the operation two civilians were injured,” stated a Stabilization Force news release from Sarajevo.

“They received secondary blast injuries,” said Capt. Dave Sullivan, SFOR spokesman, explaining that the blast was used to get through the door.

The peacekeeping force has mounted four operations over the past two years in search of Karadzic, the wartime political leader of the Bosnian Serbs.

Sullivan would not discuss the nature of the intelligence that SFOR acted on in launching the Wednesday operation, but he did say, “We had incredible intelligence.” The U.S. government has offered up to $5 million for information leading to Karadzic’s arrest.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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