Kosovo Serb official's car "blown up" four hours before referendum vote

Published on November 2, 2006, BBC Monitoring Service

Category: Violence Against Christian Serbs and Their Holy Places

Text of report by Radio-Television Kosovo TV on 28 October

[Announcer] Few hours before the polls opened in northern [Kosovska] Mitrovica [Serb part of divided northern Kosovo town], the car of Minister of Return and Communities Slavisa Petkovic's advisor Miomir Dasic, who is also the coach of the basketball team Bambi, was blown up. This short statement by Ministry of Return and Communities Spokesman Fatmir Sheholli:

[Ministry of Return and Communities Spokesman Fatmir Sheholli] At 0400 [0200 gmt] in the morning, the car of Miomir Dasic, who is Minster Petkovic's advisor and coach of the basketball team Bambi, was blown up by a Molotov cocktail. This is not the first time that the offices and staff of the Ministry of Return have been attacked. The Ministry of Return and Communities condemns this nasty and cowardly act and calls on, above all, the UNMIK [UN Interim Administration in Kosovo] police and Kfor [NATO-led Kosovo Force], but also the Kosovo Police Service to show once and for all to the people who committed this terrorist act where their place is. It is in prison.

Source: RTK TV, Pristina, in Albanian 1730 gmt 28 Oct 06


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