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TheBosnian army attacked Serb forces surrounding Sarajevoin the first stage of an attempt to lift the siege of the city. Government troops moved into the Serb-held town of Ilijas, 12 miles north of Sarajevo, and attacked Serb troops surrounding it. Shouting through bullhorns, Serb officers called desperately for reservists to help fight the 15,000 government troops beseiging their positions. "The whole region is in flames," said one Serb officer, adding that the Serb lines were holding "for now." In Sarajevo, state radio ordered citizens to stay indoors and equip shelters with food and water in preparation for the coming onslaught.