Incident Summary:

"01/15/1999: A monitor and a Serb interpreter from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Kosovo Verification Mission (KVM), were shot by what appeared to be a sniper while they were traveling in a convoy of two armored cars at Decani, 40 kilometers west of Pristina, Kosovo in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY). No group claimed responsibility for the attack, though the bullets appeared to come from territory controlled by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). Both victims were shot in the arm and suffered only minor injuries. OSCE spokesman Mans Nyberg stated that, on the basis of early indications, it appeared that the wounded OSCE personnel had been "targeted."




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:

Kosovo (Province)


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Kosovo Verification Mission (KVM)
Specific Description OSCE Kosovo Verification Mission (KVM), a monitor and Serb interpreter in Decane
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Paul Watson, “Peace monitor shot in Kosovo; NATO leader warns of war's escalation,” Chicago Sun-Times, January 16, 1999.
“Kosovo ceasefire watchdogs hit by gunfire,” Agence France Presse, January 16, 1999.