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Originally published Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 2:43 PM

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Everett, WA, man accused of war crimes in Bosnia

A naturalized U.S. citizen living in Washington state was arrested Wednesday over allegations of war crimes against civilians in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Associated Press

SEATTLE —

A naturalized U.S. citizen living in Washington state was arrested Wednesday over allegations of war crimes against civilians in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

That country requested Edin Dzeko's arrest and extradition, saying the 39-year-old Everett man had been a member of a Bosnian Army unit that attacked the village of Trusina, where 16 civilians were killed.

Dzeko would have been 18 at the time of the April 1993 attack, which also left four people, including two infants, seriously injured. He immigrated to the United States in 2001 and became a naturalized citizen in 2006.

The extradition document said Dzeko was a senior staff member of the army unit and accused him of forcing an injured man out of a home at gunpoint, where another soldier killed him. It also claimed Dzeko threw another man into a yard and shot and killed him.

"When the man's wife would not stop grieving over her husband's dead body, Dzeko allegedly shot at the woman's head with his automatic rifle and killed her as well," the document said.

Dzeko also was accused of being a member of an execution squad that killed civilians and Croatian Defense Council soldiers who had been captured and disarmed by Bosnian forces.

Dzeko was scheduled for a court appearance later Wednesday concerning his extradition, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Seattle. The office did not know whether he had retained an attorney.

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