Bomb explosion kills UN police officer in Kosovo

13 January 2005

A United Nations police officer in Kosovo was killed today in a bomb explosion, leading the chief UN envoy for the ethnically-divided province to condemn the attack as a "despicable act that would certainly be repudiated by the people of Kosovo."

According to the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), the police officer, from Nigeria, was driving to work this morning in Prizren town in an UNMIK police car when a bomb exploded.

The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Kosovo, Søren Jessen-Petersen, said: "Those who espouse the path of violence must be isolated and weeded out from society. The progressive sections of Kosovo society and its political leadership have been working in close cooperation with the international community to take Kosovo forward on the path of good order and prosperity."

He also cautioned against any speculation on the incident at this stage. "An investigation will establish, I trust, exactly what happened," he said, extending his condolences to the family of the deceased officer.

Police investigators, as well as forensics and explosives experts, are currently investigating the circumstances of the incident and the precise nature of the explosion.

Kosovo has been under UN administration since 1999 when the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) drove mainly Serbian Yugoslav troops out amid fighting between the province’s majority Albanians and minority Serbs.

 

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