War crimes fugitive Radovan Karadzic eluded a raid by NATO peacekeepers in the Bosnian town of Pale Thursday.

About 40 American, British, German, and Slovenian troops took part in the raid on a Serbian Orthodox church, expecting to find the former leader of the Bosnian Serb republic.

Karadzic wasn't found, but a priest and his son were seriously wounded when the troops burst into the family home next to the church.

Karadzic is wanted by the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

He faces genocide charges in connection with the slaughter of Bosnian Muslims during the 1992-1995 war.