Two soldiers and one KLA member were killed in an armed clash involving the KLA and four soldiers of the 549th MtBr around 10:00 on March 26th, 1999.
During 2002, Božidar Delić gave a statement to the FRY Commission for Cooperation with the ICTY in which he described the events in Landovica/Landovicë on March 26th, 1999. His statement notes that after receiving the news about the armed clash in the village, at around 10:30, he ‘ordered … the engagement of reserve forces from one platoon, that Major Paravinja separate a part of the forces from the blockade, and that Commander of Combat group 1 and that Major Nikolić, send one tank. Until backup units arrived, elements of the 122 mm Battery unit, located at the Landovica hill fought with the terrorists’
In the "Analysis of the operations of the 549 mtbr on
the destruction of the STF in the broader area of Retimlje and the unblocking
of the Suva Reka-Orahovac" of 30 March 1999 it was noted that "while they
were making attempts to pull out, a group of the STF opened fire from the
village of Landovica and it was not the case before that that the STS were
engaged in operations from that village. Once the STS were routed and this area
was taken, some small, dispersed groups were found the valleys.”
After the armed incident involving VJ soldiers and the KLA in the village, Serb forces took positions on the Prizren-Đakovica/Gjakovë asphalt road on March 26th at around 11:00 with a tank, armoured transporters, and anti-aircraft guns. From there, they shelled the village until 15:00. When the shelling began, in RG’s house there were 45 members of his family and several dozen other civilians. After the first shells hit the house killing Nj. M. (f)(born 1983), everybody inside ran out and escaped towards the nearby forest. On their way to the forest, as they were running across the meadow, they were hit by a burst of gunfire and shells were fired at them. The following persons were killed: D. G. (f)(born 1923), I. G. (m)(born 1952), A. G. (m)(born 1981), K. S. (m)(born1991), K. S. (f)(born 1989), F. M. (f) (born 1955), F. M. (f)(born 1997), N. Q. (f)(born 1984), G. Q. (m)(born 1990), B. Q. (f)(born 1971), D. Q. (f)(born 1998) and L. Q. (f)(born 1965).
Members of VJ and MUP then entered the village, set houses on fire and killed three other civilians: A. M. (m)(born 1935), A. G. (m)(born 1939) and H. G. (f)(born 1924), and they took Sh. J. (m)(born 1948) to an unknown place.
Most of the villagers escaped from Landovica/Landovicё on March 26th, 1999 and found shelter in other places in Kosovo.
A group of VJ soldiers entered the village mosque on March 27th, 1999 and came out of it several minutes later. Some ten minutes after that, there was an explosion and the minaret on the mosque collapsed.
On the same day, members of the VJ loaded the bodies of the civilians who had been killed in Landovica/Landovicё the day before on a truck and took them away.
The remains of the civilians killed in Landovica/Landovicё were found at various locations: the massgrave in Batajnica, in a mass-grave in Široko/Shirokë near Suva Reka/Suharekë, in the village of Ljubižda/Lubizhdë, and remains of the three people who were killed when the Serb forces entered the village, were found at different locations in Landovica/Landovicё.
The bodies of Nj. M. and K. S. have yet to be found.
* The description of the crime is based on testimonies of
survivors, eyewitnesses and victims' family members given to the Humanitarian
Law Center, national courts or the International Criminal Tribunal for the
former Yugoslavia (ICTY); forensic reports; judgments and transcripts of trials;
media reports and other documents.