Incident Summary:

06/12/1999: Ethnic Albanian rebels of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) attacked a coal mine in Belacevac, near Pristina, Kosovo, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The rebels exchanged fire with the mine's security guards and kidnapped approximately four civilians. There were no fatalities, though it was unknown whether there were any injuries. The fate of the kidnapped was unknown.




Eastern Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Belacevac Coal Mine
Specific Description Belacevac Coal Mine
Nationality of Target Serbia-Montenegro
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom 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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information Sources differed on the exact number of kidnapped, ranging from 3 to 5 civilians.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"British General, Serb Police Officer Discuss Mine Attack," Agence France Presse (North European Service), June 12, 1999.
"Serb Says UCK Attacking Coal Mine Near Pristina 12 Jun," Agence France Presse (North European Service), June 12, 1999.
"Serbs Say 'Albanians' Kidnapped Civilians Near Mine," Tanjug Domestic Service, June 12, 1999.