Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Officials Traveled Road of Danger Serb Bullets, Steep Drops, Blind Corners Await Drivers Who Dare

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Officials Traveled Road of Danger Serb Bullets, Steep Drops, Blind Corners Await Drivers Who Dare

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The steep, unpaved mountain track into Sarajevo where three U.S. officials were killed Saturday is a highway of death with danger lurking around every corner.

The twisting dirt road over Mount Igman is the only government-held route into Sarajevo and a frequent target for Serb gunners.

Two British aid workers were killed Monday when their truck swerved off the road during a Serb attack.

Three nights earlier, a Bosnian ambulance had come under Serb attack on the Igman route. The driver died after being shot in the head, and four others in the vehicle were wounded.

The road is littered with charred, bullet-riddled buses, trucks and cars hit by Serb gunners as the vehicles tried to make their way into or out of Sarajevo.

The road is so dangerous that U.N. military drivers are refusing to haul aid convoys into Sarajevo over Igman, despite having performed yeoman's service under hazardous conditions elsewhere in Bosnia.

The ultimate trip on Igman comes at night, when vehicles, with lights off, feel their way down the road. …

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