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2 BOSNIAN SOLDIERS DIE IN ATTACK ON PEACEKEEPERS IN `SAFE HAVEN’

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Bosnian government soldiers seeking supplies and weapons attacked British peacekeepers in the Gorazde "safe haven" early Friday. Two Bosnian army soldiers were killed and a third was wounded in the ensuing firefight, U.N. officials said.

No U.N. casualties were reported in the fighting in the last remaining eastern Muslim enclave.Friction between the United Nations and the government over Gorazde is high. The government opposes U.N. plans to pull peacekeepers out of the town.

"Apparently it was a small-scale attack, supported by infantry fire," said Maj. Myriam Sochacki, a U.N. spokeswoman.

Sochacki said the apparent purpose of the raid was to get supplies, fuel, weapons and military equipment from the British peacekeepers, and that similar incidents have happened before in Gorazde over the past few weeks.

Details of the attack were sketchy, but the town was quiet afterward, she said.

Another U.N. spokesman, Alexander Ivanko, described the incident involving an estimated 30 soldiers as "an act of banditry," and said the United Nations will lodge a protest with the Sarajevo government.

Gorazde is a recent focus of the Bosnian war and may play a major role in a U.S. proposal to bring peace to Bosnia. If the town falls, the Bosnian Serbs would have a clean sweep of land from Sarajevo east to Serbia itself.

The United Nations decided to pull its peacekeepers out of the town, saying Gorazde could be best defended by air.

But while the United Nations wants its peacekeepers out of the eastern Muslim enclave now, the Muslim-led government in Sarajevo is hindering their departure, despite its claims that it can defend the area.

The United Nations seeks permission from local combatants to cross lines, and if they don't receive it, the peacekeepers stay put.

Fifty-eight Ukrainians pulled out Wednesday, but their commanding officer and an aide remained behind.

A U.N. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said government troops were demanding $13,350 for rent and environmental damage the Ukrainian peacekeepers allegedly caused.

The Bosnian government also stalled on granting permission for the withdrawal of the 169 Britons and 10 Norwegians remaining in Gorazde.