Incident Summary:

02/18/2001: Suspected Albanian rebels planted two anti-tank mines that blew up a Serbian police vehicle in Lucane, Yugoslavia. Three Serbian policemen were killed in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:

Republika Srpska


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Serbian Security Forces
Specific Description Three Serbian policemen in Lucane
Nationality of Target Serbia-Montenegro
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Land Mine
Weapon Details
Two anti-tank mines were planted in a dirt road.
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 explosion came just two days after a bus carrying Serbian families into Kosovo was hit by a remote control bomb, killing 10 people and injuring 43. Both incidents were blamed on ethnic Albanian militants.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Albanian extremists (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
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
R. Jeffrey Smith, “Three Serbian Policemen Die As Vehicle Hits Land Mines,” The Washington Post, February 19, 2001.
“3 Serb officers killed as land mines explode,” Deseret News, February 19, 2001.
“Serb policemen killed by anti-tank mines,” The Journal, February 19, 2001.