April 01, 2000
Bin Laden in Kosovo
BELGRADE, April 27 (AFP) - Islamic Saudi millionaire Osama bin
Laden, wanted for terrorism by the United States, is in Kosovo, the
official Yugoslav news agency Tanjug said Wednesday.
"After hiding out for several years in Afghanistan," the agency
said in a despatch from Kosovo's capital Pristina, bin Laden "has
found a new refuge in the Balkans, precisely in Kosovo, the nest of
Tanjug said bin Laden, whom the agency described as a "terrorist
and Islamic fanatic," arrived from Albania after having formed a
group of 500 Islamic fighters in the eastern region around Korce and
Pogradec to carry out "terrorist acts" in Kosovo.
He also planned similar acts in the southern region of Serbia
bordering on Kosovo including Presevo, Medvedja and Bujanovac, the
Yugoslav agency said.
Tension has been mounting in the region over the past 10 days,
with many armed incidents and increasing ethnic Albanian demands.
Its population includes some 70,000 ethnic Albanians, many of whom
have complained of being harassed or maltreated by the Serbian
Tanjug said bin Laden arrived in Kosovo accompanied by "a close
collaborator, Abu Hassan."
Bin Laden is wanted by the United States in connection with the
1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, in which
224 people were killed.