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Football fans clash in Mostar

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There were violent clashes in the Bosnian town of Mostar after Turkey beat Croatia in the Euro 2008 quarter-final. Rival Bosnian Muslim and Bosnian Croat supporters hurled rocks and bottles at each other, and dozens of injured people were admitted to hospital.

The town centre was cordoned off and riot police used teargas to disperse the fans.

Mostar has a history of soccer-related violence, and there were major clashes in 2006 after the town’s Muslims supported Brazil in a World Cup match that saw the Croats beaten 1-0.

Croats and Muslims were enemies during a conflict in the mid-1990s, but later became allies against Bosnian Serbs.