Incident Summary:

10/28/1999: A large group of 1,500 - 1,600 suspected Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) forces carried out an attack on a convoy of Serbian refugees in Pec, Kosovo. The 156 refugees were travelling from Orahovac, Kosovo, to Rozaj, Montenegro, in a convoy of four buses and twenty-one civilians cars, escorted by Kosovo Force (KFOR) soldiers. As a result of this incident, four people disappeared, 35 were put up at the KFOR base in Pec and 117 reached their destination of Rozaj.




Eastern Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Serbian refugees from Orahovac
Nationality of Target Serbia-Montenegro
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
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
Additional Information In response to this incident, Yugoslavia submited a letter of protest to the chairman of the UN Security Council (UNSC), Sergey Lavrov, alleging that the manner of this attack indicated that the perpetrators were in collusion with representatives of the UN mission, who, apparently knew ahead of time the exact time and place of passage of the convoy. The letter further asserted that the presence of a large number of KLA members in the area of Orahovac and this attack demonstrated "conclusive evidence that KLA terrorists have not been disarmed." The letter then called on the Security Council to use its authority to determine the responsibility for the deterioration of the security situation, and to take appropriate steps to rectify it.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1500
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Serbian Opposition Party says Attack on Serb Convoy in Kosovo 'planned,'" BBC, October 29, 1999.
"Yugoslavia protests to UN Chairman over Attack on Kosovo Serb Convoy,” BBC, October 31, 1999.
"UNHCR reports investigation into attack on Serb convoy in northwest Kosovo," BBC Monitoring Europe - Political, October 28, 1999.