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Suspicion over Serb PM 'accident'

Djindjic initially blamed the incident on 'careless driving'

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BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro -- Media reports claim police believe an incident in which a truck almost hit a car carrying Serb prime minister Zoran Djindjic may have been an assassination attempt.

"It was an assassination attempt after all," the Politika daily newspaper's front-page story said on Sunday in reference to the incident on Friday.

The newspaper quoted unnamed sources close to the police. State television carried a similar report.

An official in Djindjic's office told Reuters police were still investigating and had extended the truck driver's detention but did not give more details.

Djindjic, who played a key role in the overthrow of ex-Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic in 2000, had initially dismissed the incident as a case of "careless driving."

But as the Serb media draws parallels with a 1999 incident when a truck swerved into a car carrying then opposition leader Vuk Draskovic, Djindjic appears not to rule out that it was an attempt on his life.

"I cannot believe that after the Ibarska motorway case somebody tries to repeat the same thing," Djindjic said in comments posted on state television's web site.

He added: "If there would be evidence to prove that there was an assassination attempt and that these people think that nothing has changed in this country and that they can keep doing what they did under Milosevic's regime then they are very wrong."

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