ANOTHER ORTHODOX CHURCH IN KOSOVO MINED

PRISTINA, January 15, 2000 (BBC)

An explosion has partially destroyed Serbian Orthodox Church of
St. Ilia in eastern Kosovo.

The explosion in the predominantly ethnic Albanian village of
Cernica also damaged three houses owned by local Serbs.

Correspondents say Serbs have repeatedly blamed Kosovo Albanians
for the destruction of more than fifty churches since Serb forces
pulled out of the province at the end of NATO's campaign against
Yugoslavia.

Huge amount of explosive was placed on the church entrance and
detonation destroyed almost a half of the church, which was built up
in 1912. American KFOR soldiers, whose check point is some 70 meters
to the church, did not allow villagemen to see the sight till this
morning. Several Serb houses in church vicinity were also damaged.