No Peace Park, no peace: Explosion in K. Mitrovica

A hand grenade has exploded near the main bridge on the Ibar River on its northern, Serb side, in the town of Kosovska Mitrovica in northern Kosovo.

Source: Beta
A file photo of the main bridge on the Ibar River (Tanjug)
A file photo of the main bridge on the Ibar River (Tanjug)

The blast on Monday night upset local residents, Beta agency is reporting on Tuesday, adding that an investigation is ongoing.

Regional Kosovo police chief Zeljko Bojic confirmed that the incident took place at 23:45 CET on Monday on the left side of the bridge, in the direction of the Bosnjacka Mahala settlement.

"Our investigative units were at the scene and determined that an M-75 hand grenade had been thrown, with this criminal act characterized as the causing of general danger," Bojic said, adding that a public prosecutor has been informed, and the the investigation continued.

The works to "revitalize" the bridge that is dividing the town into its northern, mostly Serb, and southern, ethnic Albanian parts, started on Sunday when "the Peace Park," built on the bridge by Serbs, was removed.

The works came as a result of an agreement reached in Brussels that envisages the opening of the bridge for all traffic by January 20, 2017.

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