Pristina, 14 January 2008 – Four people were seriously injured Monday when a grenade exploded under a Kosovo government vehicle in the southern part of the U.N.-run Serbian province, police said. “The car that exploded belonged to the ministry for work and social welfare, with a driver and four social policy advisers in the vehicle,” the police said.

A hand grenade had been hidden under the car in the town of Suva Reka, 60 kilometers south of the provincial capital Pristina, they said, adding no one had claimed responsibility.

The government of Kosovo strongly condemned the incident.

“Such acts are absolutely unacceptable and the culprits will face justice,” the government said in a statement.

Kosovo has been administered by the U.N. since mid-1999, when a North Atlantic Treaty organization bombing campaign ended a Serbian military crackdown on the independence-seeking ethnic Albanian majority.

The government of Prime Minister Hashim Thaci is expected to declare independence in the coming months following failed negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina.

Serbia, backed by Russia, rejects independence, which has the support of the European Union and the U.S..

Source: AFP