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Landmine Kills Two Photographers, Wounds Writer With PM-Yugoslavia

May 2, 1994

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) _ Two American photographers were killed and an American writer was injured when their car ran over a landmine near Mostar.

Bryan Brinton, accredited to Magnolia News, a Seattle weekly, died in Sunday’s blast, according to U.N. officials. Also killed was Francis William Tomasic of Bloomington, Ind., who was working for Spin magazine.

William T. Vollmann, a novelist who is a senior contributing writer for Spin, was slightly injured by the blast and taken to a Spanish military hospital in the region, said Maj. Antonio Albariz, a spokesman for Spanish U.N. troops in nearby Medjugorje.

Spin spokesman Jeff Raban in New York said Tomasic was Vollmann’s photographer and interpreter. He said Vollman, 34, of Sacramento, Calif., was in stable condition.

Vollman’s most recent novel, ″Butterfly Stories,″ is about two American newsmen cavorting with prostitutes in Thailand and Cambodia. He also wrote ″Whores for Gloria,″ ″You Bright and Risen Angels″ and five other books.

Brinton contacted Magnolia News on April 25 from Croatia, offering his photographs for free if the paper would give him press credentials, and the paper agreed, editor Jack Arends said Sunday in Seattle.

Brinton owned a landscaping business in Seattle and had advertised with the weekly, but had never done any work for it, Arends said.

Albariz said the car ran over a mine at about 4 p.m. near a dam at Salakovac, about six miles north of Mostar in southwestern Bosnia.

The dam is on the front line between Bosnian Croat and Muslim-led government forces in the region. The road was marked as being mined, he said.

Mostar was the scene of bitter fighting between Croats and Muslims when their alliance against Bosnian Serbs broke up last spring.

But the area has been quiet for weeks since the two sides signed an agreement in Washington in March to form a federation in Bosnia.

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