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Gang Blamed for Djindjic Killing

The Serbian Government has declared that a Belgrade-based criminal gang was behind the assassination of the pro-reformist Prime Minister, Zoran Djindjic. The authorities want to question 20 people in connection with Wednesday’s killing, including a former commander of a special police unit, Milorad Lukovic, said to be one of the group’s leaders. Correspondents say the assassination of the prime minister heralds the start of turbulent days for Serbia, leaving the country with a potentially dangerous political power vacuum. Acting Serbian President Natasa Micic has declared a state of emergency under which some civil rights can be curtailed and the army takes over police duties. Police carrying machine-guns sealed off the area where Mr Djindjic was shot, searching cars and checking passengers. All bus, rail and air traffic in and out of Belgrade was halted in the wake of the shooting. Full Story

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