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Serbs attack police car in Kosovo flashpoint

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Jul 20, 2000 -- (Reuters) Serbs in the flashpoint Kosovo city of Mitrovica attacked a police car with an iron bar early on Wednesday, Kosovo's United Nations police service said.

The police also reported that in the previous 24 hours, attackers had looted the home of some UN police officers while they were on duty and Serbs had entered the apartment of other officers and threatened them.

The incidents followed violence in the province's ethnically divided city on Monday night when Serbs protested against the arrest of a Serb suspected of assaulting an ethnic Albanian.

Police said the attack with the iron bar happened as a police car tried to leave a police station in the Serb-dominated north of the city around 4 a.m. on Wednesday.

"Several vehicles tried to block the police vehicle and one male struck the police car with an iron bar, breaking a window," the police said in their daily situation report.

"The officers were able to evade the group and return to the station. No injuries were reported."

The Serbs erected roadblocks at several junctions in northern Mitrovica as part of their protest.

On Thursday evening, the police said, around 20 Serb men had entered the apartment of two UN police officers and threatened them. No injuries were reported.

Around half an hour later, a group of around 100 people were reported looting the apartment of two UN police officers on duty at the time, the police statement said.



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