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Kosovska Mitrovica, 2 Jaunary 2008 — Eight Serb-owned houses were targeted in attacks in Kosovska Mitrovica on the first day of 2008.

FoNet news agency quotes a Kosovo and Metohija Coordinating Center release which said that a synchronized terrorist action in Bošnjačka Mahala, in northern Kosovska Mitrovica, saw one house set on fire while seven others, all belonging to local Serbs, were stoned.
The flames set to Radovan Lazić’s home some time after midnight Tuesday rendered it uninhabitable, the agency reports.

Houses belonging to Goran Milutinović, Predrag Jevđić, Petar Jeremić, Dragiša Jeremić, Radovana Janićijević, Dragoljuba Memarović and Radoš Ljušić, were stoned, but no one was injured in a series of synchronized attacks, the statement said.

Source: B92/FoNet


Gracanica, 24 December 2007 – An unidentified assailant threw a explosive device at an apartment owned by a Kosovo Serb in the predominantly ethnic Albanian Obilic municipality, a police statement said Monday.

There were no injuries in the blast that seriously damaged the flat owned by Robert Savic, a Serb. Savic who was in bed at the time, told Balkan Insight the explosion shattered windows and broken glass littered the ground floor apartment.

Police were investigating and no arrests were made in connection with the incident, Kosovo Police spokesman Arben Beka told Balkan Insight. He said that the device used was ‘probably a hand grenade.’

Moderate Kosovo Serb politician Momcilo Trajkovic condemned the incident. He said ‘Kosovo (authorities) are inept at dealing with serious problems… The question is how officials in Pristina think they will manage an independent country when they can’t provide security for the Serb community.’

Around 100,000 Serbs currently live in Kosovo. Half of them live in the four municipalities bordering Serbia north of the river Ibar. The remainder live in scattered enclaves throughout the province. Serbs in the enclaves have little freedom of movement and are under constant protection from NATO peacekeepers.

Tensions are high in Kosovo following the end of internationally-sponsored talks over the province’s long-term future. Ethnic Albanian majority backed by the United States and their Western allies want full independence from Serbia.

The government in Belgrade which enjoys support from Russia, is offering Kosovo broad autonomy within Serbia’s borders.

Kosovo has been administered by the United Nations since 1999, when NATO bombed the now-defunct Yugoslavia, to end what it said was the ethnic cleansing of Kosovar Albanians by Yugoslav troops.

Fearing reprisal attacks by ethnic Albanian extremists, more than 200,000 Serbs and other minorities have fled Kosovo since 1999, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.


Pristina, 3 December 2007 – A powerful blast rocked Kosovo’s southwestern town of Prizren, injuring seven people and shattering more than 30 shop windows in a busy urban district, officials said Monday.

Two of the victims, an ethnic Albanian man and a woman from Albania, received serious injuries.

Five others, including a woman identified by authorities as Mariana Ilieva Borisova, a citizen of Bulgaria, were being treated for slight injuries in the local hospital, 90 kilometers (55 miles) southwest of the capital Pristina.

The explosion took place on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. (1930GMT) in a bar in the center of the city and it is believed to have been caused by an explosive device.

No motive for the blast was given, but authorities believe rival gangs involved in human trafficking might be behind in the attack.

Veton Elshani, a spokesman for Kosovo’s police said authorities have ruled out any political motivation for the attack.

Kosovo, technically a province of Serbia, is patrolled by 16,000 NATO peacekeepers and run by a United Nation mission that took control in 1999 following NATO’s air war against Serbian troops accused of a brutal crackdown on separatist ethnic Albanians.

Source: The Associated Press/International Herald Tribune

PRIŠTINA — Two ethnic Kosovo Albanians were arrested today for throwing stones at a car driven by Serbs.The Albanians are from Koretin village near Kosovska Kamenica, Albanian-language media in Priština reported on Monday.Gnjilane police spokesperson Ismet Hashani said the incident occurred yesterday, when three Serbs were driving through Koretin in a Yugo 45 with Gnjilane license plates.

“One of the victims suffered minor injuries and he was transferred to the Kamenica Medical Center, where he received treatment and was then released for continued treatment as an outpatient,” Hashani said.

Following an investigation, police managed to identify and arrest two persons of Albanian ethnicity aged 19 and 22.

Source:  Tanjug