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Three Serbs slightly injured in clash with KFOR

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Yugoslavia, Mar 10, 2000 -- (AFP) Three Serbs were slightly injured in a clash with Danish peacekeeping troops searching for weapons in the tiny Serb-populated village of Grabovac on Thursday.

The violence began as Danish troops serving with the NATO-led force in Kosovo (KFOR) embarked on a weapons search in Grabovac, five kilometres (three miles) north of the troubled town of Kosovska Mitrovica, villagers told AFP.

The three men were injured when villagers, who had accused the troops of carrying out the search in a brutal manner, started pelting them and their vehicles with stones, only to meet with a swift response from the Danes.

Oliver Ivanovic, self-proclaimed mayor of the Serb-populated sector of Mitrovica, told AFP that "four guns were found in the village."

"These four rifles that were taken away (by KFOR) have endangered the safety of four families, and the Danes should bear responsibility for them now," Ivanovic said.

Some 240,000 Serbs and other non-Albanians have fled Kosovo fearing ethnic Albanian reprisals since the arrival of the international force in the province in June last year, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

Most of those who have remained in Kosovo are concentrated in the northern area of the province, bordering Serbia.



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