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Blast damages TV transmitter used by Serbs

International police said on Monday an explosion damaged a television transmitter used by Bosnian Serb hardline nationalists in the eastern town of Bijeljina.

The blast at the transmitter, which had been used for pirate TV broadcasts by the hardliners, occurred at 2:10 a.m., local radio reported."There was substantial damage to the transmitter and offices," Jim Landsdale, spokesman for the U.N. International Police Task Force, told Reuters.

"No injuries have been reported. Local police are investigating, and IPTF are monitoring the investigation," he said.

The transmitter is on the ninth floor of a high-rise building in Bijeljina, an eastern town under the control of hardliners allied with indicted war criminal Radovan Karadzic.

Serb television editor Drago Vukovic, a Karadzic loyalist, told local radio the explosion was "a classic act of terrorism."

Control over television and police forces is at the centre of a bitter power struggle between Karadzic loyalists based in Pale, outside Sarajevo and supporters of Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic in the northwest town of Banja Luka.

NATO-led troops policing the country's peace agreement have managed to prevent serious violence from breaking out between the rival factions so far.

NATO accused the hardliners over the weekend of sabotaging another transmitter in eastern Bosnia to prevent Plavsic's supporters from gaining access to the airwaves.