US aims to deport at least 150 Bosnians tied to war crimes: Report

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States is moving to deport at least 150 Bosnians suspected of taking part in war crimes and ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, the New York Times reported Saturday.

The report said US immigration officials have identified about 300 immigrants believed to have concealed their involvement in wartime atrocities, but the number could eventually top 600.

The accused immigrants include a soccer coach in Virginia, a metal worker in Ohio and four hotel casino workers in Las Vegas, the Times said.

Immigration officials have developed evidence that as many as 150 of the Bosnian suspects took part in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in which about 8,000 Muslim boys and men were killed.

More than 100,000 people were killed in the 1992-95 Bosnian war which followed the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.