Kosovo Serb shot dead in front of home

PRISTINA, Jan 10, 2000 -- (AFP) A Serb man was shot dead while chopping wood outside his home in the southeastern Kosovo town of Gjnilane, a spokesman for the U.N. interim administration said Monday.

The man was murdered at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday by "several men" speaking Albanian, the spokesman said.

Two Serbian houses were also damaged in separate attacks on Sunday although nobody was hurt, he added.

Unidentified attackers threw a petrol bomb at a house in Pristina, while a grenade was lobbed at a house in the mainly Serbian village of Kosovo Polje on the southern outskirts of the provincial capital, causing minor damage.

Serbs and other ethnic minorities have been victims of almost daily revenge attacks since the NATO-led KFOR peacekeeping force took over administration of the unruly province from Belgrade in June last year.

Almost 250,000 Serbs are thought to have fled Kosovo since then, while others live in enclaves in mixed communities such as Gnjilane and Kosovo Polje.

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