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Rail bridge blown up in Northern Kosovo

BANJSKA, Yugoslavia, Mar 22, 2000 -- (AFP) A powerful blast destroyed a rail bridge in northern Kosovo Wednesday at dawn, sending metallic debris flying but causing no casualties, an AFP correspondent on the scene reported.

UN police and the NATO-led Kosovo peacekeeping force KFOR were investigating the attack in the mostly Serbian-populated region.

According to a Danish KFOR officer, the blast was caused by "a powerful explosive device."

The explosion, which occurred at 5:00 a.m. (0400 GMT), twisted the bridge's metallic frame and sent debris flying as far as 300 metres (1,000 feet), damaging homes in Lozist, 12 kilometers (seven miles) north of Mitrovica.

Train traffic was blocked between Kosovo Polje, close to Pristina, and Leposavic, on the administrative border between Kosovo and Serbia.



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