Bosnian Serbs celebrate day that kicked off devastating war

1000Source: Associated Press

By AMEL EMRIC

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Threatening Bosnia’s fragile peace, Bosnian Serbs on Wednesday celebrated a holiday associated with a bloody civil war and criticized as divisive by the Balkan country’s other ethnic groups.

Waving Serb flags, several thousand people lined up in the main Serb city of Banja Luka to watch a celebratory parade of security forces, firefighters and cultural and sports groups.

The Jan. 9 holiday marks the date in 1992 when Bosnian Serbs declared the creation of their own state in Bosnia, igniting the country’s devastating four-year war that killed more than 100,000 people and left millions homeless.

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