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Kosovo Serb shot dead by Albanians, says mayor

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Sun, 2 Oct 2011 12:08 GMT
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PRISTINA, Oct 2 (Reuters) - A Kosovo Serb was shot dead and his son seriously wounded on Sunday, and the local Serb mayor said the killers were from Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority.

"The two persons were in a restaurant owned by an Albanian and after they went out someone was waiting for them, killing one and injuring another," said Hazir Berisha, Kosovo police spokesman.

"We don't know the motives, the police have carried out raids in some regions but we have not arrested anyone yet."

But the Serb mayor of the southern town of Orahovac, where a Serb enclave is surrounded by Albanian communities, blamed Albanians and called the attack ethnically motivated.

"When they went out of the restaurant they were killed by Albanian armed people," Saric said.

Last week sixteen Serbs and four NATO peacekeepers were injured in northern Kosovo in a confrontation between NATO troops and a Serb crowd that had blocked roads to two border posts with Serbia manned by peacekeepers.

Some 60,000 Serbs in the north do not recognise the independence of Kosovo and see Belgrade as their capital.

Serbia lost control over Kosovo in 1999, when a NATO bombing campaign halted a Serb counter-insurgency war against ethnic Albanian rebels. Kosovo declared independence in 2008 and is recognised by more than 80 countries. (Reporting By Fatos Bytyci and Branislav Krstic; editing by Andrew Roche)

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