30 years since tragic death of 12 police officers in a rebel Serb ambush in Borovo Selo (Photo: Davor Javorovic/PIXSELL) 30 years since tragic death of 12 police officers in a rebel Serb ambush in Borovo Selo (Photo: Davor Javorovic/PIXSELL)

On this day 30 years ago, police officer Matija Mičić was present during the terrorist ambush, in Borovo Selo.

“When we came it was exactly noon when we entered Borovo Selo, they automatically began firing at us from all sides, they fired from raised shingles on roofs and we tried to manage however we could. It was our first action and first baptism in fire, so that each of us did what he could. Then an ambulance came from the Vukovar hospital and a bomb was thrown at us, and those wounded by snipers were killed, so we didn't even get our bearings,” said Mičić.

"Every year we will come here and give due respect to those who we have to thank for living in a free and democratic state today," said Interior Minister Davor Božinović, reflecting upon the historic role of Croatian police in the Homeland War.

“One of the most brutal and most underhanded crimes took place hear, in a time that history later characterized as the first phase of aggression against the Republic of Croatia,” said Božinović.

As previously announced and expected, at today's commemoration in Borovo Selo a smaller number of participants gathered than in previous years, in accordance with epidemiological measures.

Source: HRT