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Serbs, Albanians exchange fire in Kosovo town

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 30 October 2008
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October 30, 2008

MITROVICA, Kosovo (Reuters) – Young Serbs and Albanians have exchanged gunfire in the ethnically divided Kosovan town of Mitrovica but no one was wounded, according to officials there.

Tensions have remained high between the ethnic Albanian majority and Serb minority since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in February, nine years after a NATO bombing campaign halted the killings of civilians.

"Automatic shots were heard but no one is injured. The situation now is under control," said Besim Hoti, a police spokesperson in Mitrovica.

United Nations police and NATO troops with armored personnel carriers ended the skirmish. No arrests were made, police added.

Kosovo has been recognized by 51 countries, many of them European states. Backed by Moscow and Belgrade, some 100,000 Serbs still living in Kosovo oppose the secession.

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