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Kosovo police clash with protesters in divided town

Source: Reuters - Sun, 22 Jun 2014 14:37 GMT
Author: Reuters
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MITROVICA, Kosovo, June 22 (Reuters) - Kosovo Albanians burned cars and threw rocks at police in the ethnically-divided town of Mitrovica on Sunday and police responded with tear gas, a Reuters reporter said.

The violence broke out during a protest by several hundred Albanians over the blockage of a bridge between the two sides of the town, a frequent flashpoint between Serbs and Albanians since Kosovo's 1998-99 war.

The Kosovo police were supported by lines of Polish police, part of a European Union mission, and U.S. soldiers of NATO's 5,000-strong peace force in the Balkan country, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008. (Reporting by Fatois Bytyci; Writing by Matt Robinson; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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