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EU Peacekeepers Search Homes of Karadzic's Family in Bosnia


European Union peacekeepers in Bosnia-Herzegovina have raided the homes of relatives of most wanted Balkan war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic.

Soldiers and police simultaneously searched the homes of Karadzic's wife, son and daughter in the former Bosnian Serb stronghold of Pale, 16 kilometers southeast of Sarajevo.

EU troops conducted similar raids in Pale on Monday. Officials say the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague ordered the searches to find clues about Karadzic's whereabouts.

The former Bosnian Serb political leader has been in hiding for more than 12 years since the Hague-based court indicted him.

Karadzic is charged with war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity and severe breaches of the Geneva Conventions during the 1990s ethnic conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Karadzic's military commander, General Ratko Mladic - the second most wanted Bosnian war crimes suspect - also remains in hiding.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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