President Bush has sent his condolences to the people of Serbia following Wednesday's assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. The Serbian leader was shot outside the main government building in central Belgrade.

White House spokesman Ari Fleischer says President Bush has expressed his sorrow to the people of Serbia following the prime minister's assassination. "Prime Minister Djindjic will be remembered for his role in bringing democracy to Serbia and for his role in bringing Slobodan Milosevic to justice," he said.

Mr. Djindic played a key role in the October 2000 revolt that toppled the former Yugoslav president. Mr. Milosevic is now on trial before a U.N. tribunal in The Hague for war crimes connected to his role in the break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

Officials in the Serbian capital say Mr. Djindjic died after surgery for two gunshot wounds in the chest. Witnesses say police arrested two suspects in connection with the attack and cordoned off the building where the shooting occurred.