March 30, 2007

KiM Info Newsletter 30-03-07

LATEST INFORMATION ON THE ATTACK ON VISOKI DECANI MONASTERY

Rocket propelled anti-tank grenade fired at the monastery hit the wall 20 m from the church

"The latest information proved that this was indeed a terrorist attack on Visoki Decani Monastery, which completely denies claims that it was allegedly an explosion of a war-time land mine", said Bishop Teodosije after the remains of the grenade were found in the roof of the monastery wall. "The grenade was fired in direction of the altar part of the church and if by chance it had been fired higher above the wall it would have seriously damaged the famous Decani triple-window with reliefs from the 14th century or hit the monastic quarters"  We expect the internatinal and Kosovo authorities to condemn this attack as a terrorist attack on a Christian shrine.

KIM Info-service
Decani, March 30 2007.

 
After the detailed search of the monastery grounds the monks of Visoki Decani Monastery found the location where the grenade fell around 17.00 hrs in the afternoon after the all day search. It is supposed that the grenade was fired from the hill, a few hundred meters east from the monastery above the Bistrica river where Italian soldiers had found earlier in the day remains of a rocket launcher.

The 64 mm rocket propelled anti-tank grenade landed in the roof of the eastern monastery wall, only 20 meters from the 14th century church. After the careful inspection of the damaged roof the grenade was found.
 
While the monks with KFOR soldiers were observing the part of the damaged wall a few unknown persons appeared on the hill from which the grenade had been fired. KFOR soldiers arrested the individuals and handed them over to the KPS for further investigation.
 
"The latest information proved that this was indeed a terrorist attack on Visoki Decani Monastery, which completely denies claims that it was allegedly an explosion of a war-time land mine", said Bishop Teodosije after the remains of the grenade were found in the roof of the monastery wall. "The grenade was fired in direction of the altar part of the church and if by chance it had been fired higher above the wall it would have seriously damaged the famous Decani triple-window with reliefs from the 14th century or hit the monastic quarters" 
 
Thank God and St. King Stefan of Decani that the attackers missed their target but they demonstrated clearly that behind this terrorist attack are paramilitary gangs which operate in this part of Kosovo. NATO must not tolerate such paramilitary groups because this is their fourth attack on Decani Monastery since 1999. Out of 23 grenades which had been fired against Visoki Decani Monastery since 1999 the last one landed on the location which is closest to the church and the monastic living quarters", said Bishop Teodosije. We expect the internatinal and Kosovo authorities to condemn this attack as a terrorist attack on a Christian shrine, the Bishop concluded.
 
 
 
Grenade which was found in the roof of the monastery wall
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 The grenade which was found in the monastery wall
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Italian soldiers climbing the ladder to inspct
the damaged part of the monastery wall

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 Fr. Luke with the rocket propelled grenade
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Father Danilo took the remains of the grenade from the damaged part of the roof
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If the grenade had been fired higher it would have hit the 14th century church
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The view of the hill from which the grenade was fired. In the red circle one can see one
of individuals who were observing the monks and KFOR inspecting the damage in the wall
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POSSIBLE MODEL OF THE WEAPONS USED FOR THE ATTACK
(Information found on the Internet)
 


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