Tuzla massacre

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Tuzla massacre
Part of Bosnian War
Tuzla, kapija.jpg
Location Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Date 25 May 1995
20:55 (UTC+1)
Target City street
Attack type
Artillery fire
Deaths 71
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators Army of Republika Srpska

The Tuzla massacre was a massacre of civilians committed by the Army of Republika Srpska on 25 May 1995 in Tuzla during the Bosnian War.

The massacre[edit]

Between 25 May and 28 May 1995 a number of artillery projectiles were fired at Tuzla from Army of Republika Srpska positions near the village of Panjik on Mount Ozren some 25 km west of Tuzla. On 25 May 1995 (Marshal Tito's birthday and Relay of Youth in former Yugoslavia) at 20:55 hours, a shrapnel shell fired by a 130mm towed artillery piece, (no shrapnel shells were ever manufactured for the m1954) detonated in the part of the city called Kapija. There were 71 people killed and 240 wounded.[1][2][3] All of the victims were civilians and the majority were between the ages of 18-25.[1]

War crime verdict[edit]

Novak Đukić, a former Army of Republika Srpska officer was arrested in Banja Luka on 7 November 2007. At the time of the Tuzla massacre Đukić was the commander of the Tactical Group Ozren of the VRS. His trial began on 11 March 2008. On 12 June 2009, Đukić was found guilty and sentenced to 25 years imprisonment.[4]

On 10 September 2010 the Appellate Panel dismissed Đukić's appeals as unfounded and upheld the first instance verdict of 12 June 2009 in its entirety.[5]


In 2009, the prime minister of Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, stated that the attack was staged and questioned the Markale massacres at Sarajevo. The Tuzla municipality filed charges against Dodik over these statements. The city of Sarajevo filed criminal charges against Dodik for abuse of power, and inciting ethnic, racial and religious hatred.[6]

The Office of the High Representative said Dodik denied the war crimes committed and stated that "When such skewed facts come from an official in a position of high responsibility, an official who is obliged to uphold the Dayton Peace Accords and cooperate with the Hague Tribunal, then they are particularly irresponsible and undermine not only the institutions responsible for upholding the rule of law, but the credibility of the individual himself".[7]

See also[edit]

"Slana Banja" memorial complex


  1. ^ a b "Bosnian Serb jailed for massacre". BBC. 12 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Djukic: Regaining Faith in Bosnia Justice". Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. 19 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Bosnian War Crimes Charges Upheld". Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. 4 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "Novak Đukić sentenced to 25 years imprisonment". The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 
  5. ^ Novak Đukić appeal dismissed, internationalcrimesdatabase.org; accessed 17 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Sarajevo files charges against RS's Dodik". Southeast European Times. 7 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "OHR slams Dodik statements". B92. 16 September 2009. 

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