Shots fired at Kosovo police patrol, special units deployed

REUTERS/Laura Hasani

The Kosovo police reported a firearms attack on its officers outside the northern town of Zubin Potok on Tuesday morning.

A police press relese said that none of the officers were wounded by the rounds that hit their vehicle. “We can confirm that a border police patrol was attacked in the village of Zupce in the Zubin Potok municipality in the early morning hours,” it said adding that reinforcements were sent from the local police station to the site of the attack but providing no other information about a possible investigation.

The Serb List reacted with a statement saying that the armed incident was intended to destabilize the situation and portray the Serbs as violent.

The statement condemned the attack and called on the local population to show restraint and not fall for provocations which could jeopardize the peace. “Whoever did this does not mean well to the Serb people,” it said.

The KoSSev news portal said that the special police units blocked off part of the city, searching several buildings.

It said that it was told by sources in the Region North Police that they had no information about the operation. The sources said that the units were most probably from Pristina. KoSSev said it contacted the Kosovo Police headquarters in Pristina and was told that it had no information about the deployment.

The attack on the patrol in the Zubin Potok area in northern Kosovo was the sixth attack on the police this month. The road from the village of Zupce where the attack took place was blocked by police.