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Eight Soldiers Die in Barracks Shooting With PM-Yugoslavia, Bjt

June 3, 1993

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) _ A soldier escaped from a military stockade in southern Yugoslavia and killed seven colleagues early today before committing suicide, a military statement.

The Yugoslav army soldier, Jozef Meneder, also wounded four other men in the rampage at a military base near Vranje, 175 miles southeast of Belgrade.

Meneder, who was jailed for a barracks brawl, broke out of his cell and attacked a guard with an ax, said the statement carried by the Belgrade-based Tanjug news agency. His rank was not given.

He took the injured guard’s automatic rifle and opened fire on a group of sleeping soldiers. A staff sergeant and five men died on the spot. Another soldier died later of injuries.

″After this crime, the murderer committed suicide,″ the statement said. The motive for the slayings was not immediately known.

Meneder was believed to be an ethnic Hungarian.

In 1991, an ethnic Albanian soldier shot and killed four other soldiers in a similar incident at a base in central Serbia.

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