Bomb rips through political offices in Kosovo

PRISTINA, Aug 18, 2000 -- (Reuters) A bomb exploded early on Friday in a building in the Kosovo capital Pristina housing the offices of political parties and Serbian authorities in the province, the UN said.

Bernard Kouchner, the head of Kosovo's UN-led administration, said nobody had been seriously wounded in the attack. He said the offices of an ethnic Turkish political party had been among those most badly damaged.

"I don't know if the Turkish party was really targeted," Kouchner told reporters after visiting the building by Pristina's main street.

The blast was heard across Pristina around 9.30 a.m. (0730 GMT). International police and members of the NATO-led KFOR peacekeeping force rushed to the scene and sealed off the area.

Kouchner appeared to suggest that the attack may have been the work of extremists opposed to the democratic process in Kosovo and local elections due on October 28.

"Some (people) are enemies of democracy, that is to say enemies of elections. We knew that," he said.

The blast sent smoke rising from the building and blew out windows of others nearby.

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