In the area of Banjska, the village in northern Kosovo that last night saw a gunfight in which a Kosovar policeman was killed and two others injured, sporadic shootings are still heard, and other clashes between police and criminal gangs are hypothesized. This was reported by the media in Pristina, according to which large police units are flowing into the area, blocking roads and sensitive intersections in the area. The entrance to Kosovo was closed at the two important crossings of Jarinje and Brnjak, on the border with Serbia.
Also according to Kosovar media, those responsible for the armed attack against the police patrol took refuge in a Serbian Orthodox monastery in Banjska. Prime Minister Kurti, who accuses criminal groups and Serbian smugglers, has convened the Security Council, while reactions of harsh condemnation of the attack on the police patrol follow one another.
The head of the European mission Eulex, Italian General Giovanni Pietro Barbano, arrived on the spot. The head of the UN mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) Caroline Ziadeh and the ambassadors of the US and Germany in Pristina, Jeffrey Hovenier and Jorn Rohde, have stigmatized with harsh words the attack on the policemen, stressing the importance of bringing those responsible to justice. Condemnation also by the leaders of all local political forces, while tension in northern Kosovo has rapidly returned to rise.
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