Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb general wanted for alleged war crimes committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian conflict, has been arrested, Serbia has announced.

“On behalf of the Republic of Serbia we announce that Ratko Mladic has been arrested,” Boris Tadic, the country’s president, said.

“Today we closed one chapter of our difficult history that will bring us one step closer to full reconciliation in the region.

“All criminals must face justice,” he said.

Tadic said the 69-year-old would be extradited to the UN war crimes tribunal in the Hague, but did not give a time frame.

Local media had first reported that a man who identified himself as Milorad Komadic had been detained and was believed to be Mladic.

According to Belgrade’s B92 radio, he was arrested on Thursday in a village close to the northern Serbian town of Zrenjanin.

Bakir Izetbegovic, the Muslim member of Bosnia’s three-person presidency, said the arrest was conducted in co-operation with Bosnian security agencies, but did not give further details.