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NATO Ends Search in Karadzic Home Town - 2004-01-12

NATO-led troops are winding up a three-day search in the Bosnian Serb town of Pale for top war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic.

Alliance officials say peacekeepers have removed roadblocks in the area and security forces are returning to normal duties.

Investigators are examining documents uncovered during the operation in Pale for clues to the fugitive's location.

NATO-led troops entered the former Bosnian-Serb stronghold on Saturday after receiving a tip that Mr. Karadzic may be hiding there. Troops failed to find him despite an extensive search of his house, clinics, a church, and homes of relatives. A NATO spokesman said troops found weapons and documents at Mr. Karadzic's former home, and that those papers could help in the search. Troops detained two people, and continue to hold one of them, described as a Karadzic supporter.

The United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague has indicted Mr. Karadzic, Bosnia's wartime leader, for attacks on civilians in Sarajevo and for the 1995 deaths of thousands of Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica. His former military chief, Ratko Mladic, is also wanted for the killings.