August 04, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 04-08-03

CONTENTS:

BOMB ATTACK ON SERB HOUSE IN OBILIC
THREE DEAD IN WESTERN KOSOVO SHOOTING
MURDER OF A UN POLICE OFFICER

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BOMB ATTACK ON SERB HOUSE IN OBILIC

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ERP KIM Info-service
August 4, 2003

On Saturday night (2/3 Aug), a minute after midnight a bomb was thrown in front of  the house of Zoran Milic in Obilic. No one was hurt in the explosion and only a few windows were broken. Milic family lives in vicinity of the house in which two months ago three members of the Stolic family were massacred.

Milics' home was set on fire by local Albanians in 2001. Thanks to the assistance of the NGO European Perspective Milics managed to repair their home in which they live now. Beside their house three more Serb homes are being reconstructed in the neighborhood. The attack on Milic's home is seen by Obilic Serbs as an act of intimidation against announced return of 22 Serb families to this town.

According to the local Serb sources unknown attackers first opened machine gun fire at Milic's house around 23.00 and half an hour later they threw a bomb. At the time of the attack beside Zoran Milic and his wife three of their children were also in the house. The investigation is carried by UNMIK police and so far no information about attackers have been disclosed.

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THREE DEAD IN WESTERN KOSOVO SHOOTING
 

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AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
Saturday, 02-Aug-2003 7:00PM

PRISTINA, Serbia-Montentegro, Aug 3 (AFP) - Three people were gunned down and at least four others wounded when unknown assailants opened fire in western Kosovo late Saturday, an official told AFP.

The incident happened after 10 pm (2000 GMT) in the town of Pec, some 85 kilometers (53 miles) west of Kosovo's capital Pristina, Andrea Angeli, spokesman for the UN mission in Kosovo, said.

"There was machinegun fire in the center of Pec. Some of the victims and those wounded were sitting in nearby cafes in what is usually a busy night," Angeli said.

A 14-year-old girl was among the victims. The others were a 24-year-old female and a 30-year-old male. All of the victims were Kosovo Albanians, but their names have not been released pending the notification of their families.

Angeli said no arrests were made and that it was not clear who or what was the target of the attack. The wounded were transported to the Pristina hospital, two of them in critical condition.

The UN police in Pec cordoned off the area and an investigation was ongoing.

Kosovo has been under UN administration since NATO bombed Yugoslavia to force the withdrawal of Serbian troops in early 1999.

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MURDER OF A UNITED NATIONS POLICE OFFICER
 

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UNMIK POLICE
August 4, 2003


A United Nations Police Officer assigned to the Mission in Kosovo has been murdered in the line of duty. The crime occurred shortly before midnight on August 3rd, 2003.

According to Investigators, the officer was in a marked UN police vehicle on the highway between Leposavic and Mitrovica when unknown suspects fired at the vehicle, killing the officer.

UNMIK Police Commissioner Stefan Feller condemned the murder as "A brutal and unbelievable crime. The reason is not yet known, but it is clear this was a sniper attack on an international police officer by cowards who intended to kill him."

The name, nationality, and assignment of the officer are withheld until his family is notified.

The main highway between Leposavic and Mitrovica will be closed in the area of the crime until further notice for purposes of the investigation. A detour will be arranged for travelers to use while the main highway is closed.

A special investigative team has been established immediately, comprised of the Mitrovica Regional Serious Crimes Squad and experts from UNMIK Police Main Headquarters.
tion about attackers have been disclosed.

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