Gornje Jame massacre
|Gornje Jame massacre|
|Part of the Croatian War of Independence|
Gornje Jame on the map of Croatia. Territories controlled by Serb or JNA forces in late December 1991 are highlighted in red.
|Location||Gornje Jame, Croatia|
|Coordinates||45°08′24″N 16°31′59″E / 45.14°N 16.533°ECoordinates: 45°08′24″N 16°31′59″E / 45.14°N 16.533°E|
|Date||11 December 1991|
|Target||15 Croats, one Serb|
|Summary executions, ethnic cleansing|
|Perpetrators||Šiltovi Serbian paramilitary unit|
The Gornje Jame massacre was the killing 15 Croat civilians in the village of Gornje Jame, near Glina. The massacre committed by Serbian paramilitary forces called Šiltovi. Among the killed and one Serb Gojko Pavlović who defended their Croat neighbors. Three Croats man were imprisoned on 3 November 1991, and then also gunned down on a crook between Donje and Gornje Jame. They were exhumed and buried in 1996.
Armed members of the paramilitary formation 'Šiltovi' on 11 December 1991 entered the houseof Mate Kireta and assembled 12 Croat civilians by force, including 7 women and 3 under agedchildren two sisters Nikolina (9) and Željka Fabac (14) and Darko Dvorenković (10). Among the victims were 3 women from Mala Solina, Donje Jame and Hađer, who took refuge at their cousins'. Precise circumstances of the suffering remain unknown, so as the fate of the women. There are speculations they were murdered and burned in the house of Mate Kireta, but the other assumption is they were taken alive to an unknown place where they were killed, with their bodies thrown in the mud to conceal the traces of the crime.
Gojko Pavlović Serb from Donje Jame was gunned down while trying to protect his Croat neighbours. Three Croats man from Gornje Jame were imprisoned on 3 November 1991, and then also gunned down on a crook between Donje and Gornje Jame. They were exhumed and buried in 1996.