Incident Summary:

8/28/2000: Milan Levar, a former Croatian soldier, was killed in an explosion outside of his home in Gospic, Lika region, Croatia. Levar was the first Croatian soldier to testify about mass executions of Serbians in Gospic during the war for Croatia's independence in 1991. Two weeks later, several arrests were made in connection to the killing, including the arrest of Tihomir Oreskovic, one of the soldiers Levar had testified against before the International Criminal Tribunal.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
In Gospic, 200 km south of Zagreb

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Civilian
Specific Description Milan Levar, a former soldier
Nationality of Target Croatia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive 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 The victim testified against one of the suspected perpetrators; it is possible this was a revenge killing and did not have any social or political goals.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Former Soldiers/Police No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Eugene Brcic, "Ex-soldier who testified against comrades accused of anti-Serb atrocities killed," Associated Press, August 28, 2000.
"Key war crimes witness killed in Croatia blast," Reuters, August 28, 2000.
Snjezana Vukic, "Croatia arrests two war crimes suspects, other suspected killers," Associated Press, September 12, 2000.