Grenade attack suspected on pro-Belgrade body in Kosovo

PRISTINA, May 3, 2000 -- (AFP) Offices of a political body set up by Belgrade in Kosovo last year may have been the target of a grenade attack in the divided Kosovo town of Kosovska Mitrovica, peacekeepers said Tuesday.

KFOR international peacekeepers said an explosion was heard near the offices of the Serb National Parliament (SNS) late Monday and grenade splinters were found in the building's garden.

They said however they could not be sure the SNS, a political body put in place by Belgrade after NATO-led peacekeepers moved into Kosovo last June, was the target of the attack.

The SNS is made up of Serb representatives from Kosovo at Belgrade's Serb and Yugoslav parliaments, all belonging to parties supporting Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic. Since it was created last summer, it has maintained a presence in several Serb-populated areas in Kosovo, but has little influence on the overall situation in the UN-administered province.

The SNS offices in Mitrovica are in the ethnically mixed area of Little Bosnia in the Serb-dominated north of the town, an area frequently rocked by violence between Serbs and ethnic Albanians.

Grenade attacks and shootings have been common in the area, much of which is now included in a so-called confidence zone where weapons are banned and KFOR maintains a strong presence.

A KFOR spokesman said a second explosion was heard around the same time Monday but that peacekeepers had not been able to locate the site of the blast.

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