Violence in Bosnia leaves one dead, 22 injured

MOSTAR, Bosnia - One football fan was killed and 22 people, including 12 policemen, injured in clashes before a Bosnian Premier League match on Sunday in the southwestern town of Siroki Brijeg, police said.

The game between Sarajevo and Siroki Brijeg was called off after several hundred Sarajevo fans threw stones at shop and bar windows in the centre of the Croat-dominated town, demolishing several cars and setting a police vehicle on fire.

Fans who arrived from the majority Muslim city of Sarajevo clashed with police and 24-year-old Vedran Puljic was killed, the regional police said.

Mostar is known for football violence and observers said that most of the regional police were focused on Sunday in the town to prevent possible problems during the Premier League derby between rivals Zrinjski and Velez.

Mostar has been divided between Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats since the end of the 1992-95 war, with Muslims supporting Velez and Croats Zrinjski.