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The Archduke was chosen as a target because Serbians feared that after his ascension to the persecutions of Serbs living within the ASTRO-Hungarian Empire of Serbia had gained independence from the OTTEMAN Empire in 1878 At the time Serbia laid claimed to several regions of Bosnia which were primarily inhabited by Serbs However the congress of Berlin granted permission to Austria-Hungary to occupy Bosnia and Herzegovina including including the disputed Serbian areas I 1908 Austria-Hungary officially annexed all of occupied Bosnia and Herzegovina adding additional fuel to the fires at Serbian nationalism The Serbian terrorist organization the Black Hand had trained a small group of teenage operatives a to infiltrate Bosnia and carryout the assassination of the Archduke Its unclear how officially active the Serbian government was in the plot However years later the leader of the Black Hand colonel DRAGUTIN DIMITRIJEUC was also head of the Serbian military intelligence ATTEMPS OF DEATH ON THE ARCHAs Francis Ferdinand and his party proceeded through Sarajevo the first Black Hand operatives tossed a bomb at the Archdukes automobile The chauffeur saw the explosive and accelerated to avoid the impact Sophie ducked and Francis Ferdinand deflected the bomb with his arm causing it to bounce off the back of the car and explode behind them demolishing the next car and seriously injuring several aides To avoid capture interrogation ext the unsuccessful assassin nine-teen-year-old Ned Elko Carbinovic swallowed a Cyanide pill and jumped in to the river However he was hauled out of the river and detained THE ARCHDUKES MURDER As the Archdukes entourage resumed its tour of Sarajevo the Archdukes chauffeur took a wrong turn and fired two pistol shots One bullet hit Sophie killing her
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