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PM Djindjic assassinated: Serbian Government Statement

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Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic was shot at 12.25 local time in front of the Serbian Government Building.

He died at 13.30 in the Emergency Ward of the Serbian Clinic Centre in Belgrade.

Zoran Djindjic was shot two times; once in the chest and once in the stomach.

He was not conscious and did not have a pulse upon arriving to the Emergency Ward.

Doctors attempted to resuscitate his heart immediately and performed a major operation but were unable revive him.

This criminal act is a clear attempt to put an end to the development and democratisation of Serbia and plunge it into isolation once again and was carried out by those who have been trying over the past few years to do so through various murders and assassinations.

The method in which the assassination was carried out is known. The assassination follows a recent attempt on a motorway to murder the Prime Minister.

Since the attempt on the motorway, a thorough investigation was launched throughout the country and abroad that was supposed to lead to the arrests of those involved within days.

Today's assassination cannot be considered outside the context of these recent events.

The government will do everything in its power to protect peace and democracy in Serbia.

At today's extraordinary session held immediately afterwards, the Serbian government has declared three days of state mourning from Thursday, March 13, 2003 to Saturday, March 15, 2003.

Belgrade, March 12, 2003