[Marxism] Unrest Spreads in Kosovo
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Sat Apr 17 19:44:18 MDT 2004
Iraq Said Spark for UN Kosovo Police Fight, 3 Die
Sat Apr 17
By Shaban Buza
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - Two Americans and a
Jordanian were shot dead in Kosovo Saturday when emotions over Iraq
apparently boiled over into a gunbattle between members of the U.N. law
U.N. police spokesman Neeraj Singh said two U.S. police officers and a
Jordanian were killed and 10 Americans and one Austrian wounded in the
The lethal firefight between fellow members of the U.N. force was
unprecedented in five years of peacekeeping in Kosovo, where police of some
30 nations make up the international force of around 3,500.
The 10-minute shootout took place in the U.N. compound in ethnically divided
Mitrovica -- a city that is more commonly the scene of clashes between Serbs
and Albanians, in which U.N. police and NATO troops intervene to keep the
Initial reports that the shooting centered on a detention center in the
compound were inaccurate. But the U.N. said the dead and wounded included
both police and prison staff.
The deputy head of the Serb hospital in Mitrovica, Milan Ivanovic, said one
of the dead was an American woman, who was hit along with four female U.S.
U.N. police sources said four Jordanian police officers had been arrested in
connection with the shooting, but could give no further details on the
A police source said it began with a row over Iraq. Singh said the U.N. was
still investigating the possible motive.
The multinational U.N. police force is backed by the NATO-led KFOR military
mission numbering about 20,000 troops.
SECOND SHOCK IN A MONTH
"I am deeply shocked and dismayed at the unfortunate death of dedicated
professionals who have come such a great distance to help Kosovo on its road
to the future," the province's U.N. governor Harri Holkeri said in a
U.N. Police Commissioner Stefan Feller said he was "saddened at this tragic
incident" and promised a thorough investigation.
There had been no visible sign of serious strain between Western and Arab or
Christian and Muslim members of the peace mission. An international source
said the spark that caused the shooting might turn out not to be connected
"This attack was organized," a U.S. policeman guarding the wounded at
Mitrovica hospital told Reuters. "I'm sorry that none of the services was
able to prevent it..." he added, without elaborating on who might have
organized an attack, or why.
It was the second major jolt to the international peace mission in Kosovo in
a month. In mid-March, Albanians rioted against the Serb minority after the
drowning of three Albanian boys, setting fire to nearly 300 homes and two
The U.N. and NATO, which later said the riots had been orchestrated by
Albanian extremists bent on expelling the remaining Serbs, said 19 people
were killed, some shot in clashes with the peacekeepers.
The international community in Kosovo has for some time feared a backlash by
Albanians determined to press their demand for independence five years after
NATO drove Serb forces from the province
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