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Sarajevo marks 100 years since shots that sparked Great War

Published on Jun 28, 2014 4:59 PM
 
Jovan Mojsilovic, an actor, re-enacts Gavrilo Princip's assassination in front of a statue of Prinsip after it was uncovered during an opening ceremony in East Sarajevo on June 27, 2014. Sarajevo on Saturday, June 28, 2014, marked 100 years since the assassination that triggered World War I, plunging Europe into the bloodiest conflict it had ever seen and redrawing the world map. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SARAJEVO (AFP) - Sarajevo on Saturday marked 100 years since the assassination that triggered World War I, plunging Europe into the bloodiest conflict it had ever seen and redrawing the world map.

With the people of the Balkans still deeply divided over the legacy of that fateful day, separate commemorations were to be held to mark the occasion.

It was in on a Sarajevo street corner on June 28, 1914, that a Bosnian Serb nationalist shot dead the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, setting off a chain of events that sucked Europe's great powers into four years of violence unprecedented in its scale and intensity.

Many of the former foes marked the centenary on the sidelines of an EU summit on Thursday with a low-key ceremony at Belgium's Ypres, where German forces used mustard gas for the first time in 1915.

 
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