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Policeman dies in Kosovo violence

Other News Materials 27 July 2011 06:17
The Kosovo policeman wounded Tuesday in violence in the Serb-dominated northern Kosovo has succumbed to his injuries
Policeman dies in Kosovo violence

The Kosovo policeman wounded Tuesday in violence in the Serb-dominated northern Kosovo has succumbed to his injuries, dpa reported according to local media.

The policeman was apparently shot in the head by a sniper as police attempted to take control over border crossings to Serbia. The police move was met by Serb roadblocks and, at one point, fire was exchanged.

Serb sources reported three people injured in the shootout, but that report was not confirmed.

The European Union and United States called on the disputing sides in Kosovo to restrain from moves that could further raise tensions and jeopardize the fragile peace.

Kosovo, A former Serb province with a majority Albanian population, was the scene of the war between the Serbian army and Albanian rebels in 1998-99.

NATO intervened against Serbia and ousted its forces to end the conflict, paving the way for the province's declaration of independence in 2008.

But Pristina authorities remain unable to assert control over the north, where the Serbs are vastly dominant and have the financial and political support from Belgrade.

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