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A week after the slaying of Serb warlord Arkan, police announced the arrests of three suspects Saturday and implied that the killing was probably a gangland hit, not a political move to keep the victim quiet about Yugoslav war crimes.

The announcement followed widespread rumors that President Slobodan Milosevic's security services had killed Arkan, whose real name was Zeljko Raznatovic, because the warlord knew too much about high-level government involvement.

Arkan, a kingpin of Belgrade's underworld who commanded the most notorious Serb militia during wars in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, was known to have close links to Milosevic's security services.

Police identified the three suspects as Dobrosav Gavric, 23, allegedly the triggerman; Dejan Pitulic, 33; and Vujadin Krstic, 36.

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