Bosnian Serbs Honor Assassin Who Triggered WWI

Image: Bosnian Serbs lay flowers after the unvieling of a statue of Gavrilo Princip after an opening ceremony in East Sarajevo
Bosnian Serbs lay flowers after the unveiling of a statue of Gavrilo Princip, Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassin, in East Sarajevo, Bosnia on Friday. Bosnian Serbs unveiled the statue of assassin Princip, honouring the man who in 1914 shot dead the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which lit the fuse for World War One. Two concerts in two Bosnian cities will mark the 100th anniversary on Saturday of the Sarajevo assassination, in a divided country where the past still haunts the present. The separate events speak volumes to Bosnia a century on, where perceptions of the Bosnian Serb who gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand have been warped by time and politics, and wounds are still raw from the bloody demise of Yugoslavia. DADO RUVIC / Reuters

100 years ago, on June 28, 1914, an assassin in Sarajevo shot dead Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, lighting the fuse for World War I. To mark the anniversary, Bosnian Serbs today unveiled a statue of the gunman, Gavrilo Princip, who many Serbs regard as a hero fighting imperial impression. Ferdinand's pregnant wife was also killed in the attack.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, shortly before his assassination in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914. Thirty days later, Europe embarked on the bloodiest war the world had ever known. - / AFP - Getty Images