Thursday 29 September 2016

Serbia and Bosnian Serbs hold joint anti-terrorism drill

Published 28/08/2016 | 14:46

Serbian president Tomislav Nikolic said the exercise showed there should be no borders in fighting terrorism
Serbian president Tomislav Nikolic said the exercise showed there should be no borders in fighting terrorism

Police from Serbia and the Serb mini-state in Bosnia have held a joint anti-terrorism drill that could add to simmering tensions in the Balkans stemming from the 1990s war.

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The exercise, dubbed Drina 2016, was held on Sunday at the border between Serbia and Bosnia.

It simulated an extremist attack and a bus hijacking. Several thousand people watched the drill.

Serbian president Tomislav Nikolic said the exercise has shown that borders should not exist when it comes to fighting terrorism.

Joint security drills by Serbian and Bosnian Serb troops remain a sensitive issue because Serbia backed Bosnian Serbs in their fight against Bosnia's Muslims and Croats during the 1992-95 war.

About 100,000 people died in the war, and millions were made homeless amid numerous atrocities.

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