Peacekeepers shoot two Albanians, kill one

PRISTINA, Aug 22, 2000 -- (AFP) A Kosovo Albanian man died after he and his son were shot by Emirati peacekeepers after a scuffle broke out between the two men and an officer, officials said Tuesday.

The ethnic Albanians were shot at around 7:00 p.m. (1700 GMT) Monday in front of a checkpoint in the village of Svinjare, three miles (five kilometers) south of Kosovska Mitrovica, Lieutenant Frederic Rose said.

"A scuffle broke out between the men and a lieutenant from the United Arab Emirates battalion as the Albanians passed a checkpoint," he said.

"A soldier shot the men. One died on his way to hospital, the other is being treated in the French military hospital in Mitrovica."

Rose said he had no details on the condition of the second man and that an investigation had been launched into the cause of the incident.

UN police called to the scene said the scuffle apparently broke out after the ethnic Albanians "decided to ridicule the officers," according to UN spokeswoman Claire Trevena.

The father continued to behave violently after his son was shot and was shot in his turn, she said. It was the father who later died.

The Emirati soldiers form part of the French-led northern brigade of KFOR's multinational force, charged with security in the Yugoslav province since the end of Kosovo's 1998-1999 civil war.

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