Tuesday marks 26 years since the Tuzla massacre

NEWS 25.05.2021 09:44
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Source: N1

On this day 26 years ago, May 25, 1995, Bosnian Serb forces committed one of the worst crimes of the Bosnian war - a shell was fired at the Kapija neighbourhood in the northeastern city of Tuzla, killing 71 and wounding 150 people, overwhelmingly youth.

The average age of the victims of the Tuzla Kapija massacre, also known as the crime against Tuzla’s youth, was 24 years.

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The families of the victims at Kapija will gather this year as well, and among them will be a large number of parents who lost their children. Organized by the Student Council of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Tuzla, a walk will be organized in memory of those killed.

Year after year, they point out that they find it difficult to endure injustice, because Novak Djukic, responsible for the war crime in which their children died, escaped punishment although he was found guilty of ordering an artillery platoon to shell Tuzla from cannons as commander of the Ozren Tactical Group.

He was sentenced to 20 years in prison but had eluded BiH authorities. A warrant has been issued for his arrest, but he cannot be extradited to Bosnia at the moment because he has Serbian citizenship and is in a neighbouring country.

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