Eliticide or elitocide refers to "the killing of the leadership, the educated, and the clergy of a group." It is usually carried out during the beginning of a genocide and done to cripple a possible resistance against perpetrators. Examples include the Armenian genocide, Cambodian genocide, German-Soviet occupation of Poland,[1] and instances in the Yugoslav Wars.[2] The term was first used in 1992 by British reporter Michael Nicholson to describe the Bijeljina massacre in Bosnia and Herzegovina.[3] During the Bosnian War local Serbs would point out prominent Bosniaks to be killed afterwards by Serb soldiers.[4][5]



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