Shooting in Kosovska Mitrovica, no casualties

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- Shooting was reported on Tuesday in Brđani, a neighborhood of northern Kosovskma Mitrovica, just before 10:00 CET.

There have been no reports of injuries.

Kosovo police (KPS) spokesperson Besim Hoti told Tanjug that earlier there was a clash between Serbs and ethnic Albanians, who are rebuilding some houses in the neighborhood. The two sides threw rocks at each other.

The shooting came after this, and the police "do not know who used the weapons", he stated. EULEX and KFOR were called to keep the situation under control, "and the important thing is that no injuries occurred", Hoti added.

Local Serbs stress that they do not have anything against the reconstruction of destroyed homes, but that they oppose the construction of new ones, explaining that it would threaten their ability to remain in Brđani.

Head of the Kosovska Mitrovica municipality Krstimir Pantić said UNMIK and the Kosovska Mitrovica municipality had not given their approval for the construction work.

Pantić also stated that although KPS and KFOR vehicles arrived at the scene, "none of them reacted or searched vehicles".

Some citizens saw a vehicle from which a firearm was taken out and shots fired at them, but the police did not react, he remarked.

The international community and Albanians want a conflict in Kosovska Mitrovica so they would have the excuse needed for their plans, Pantić believes.