Thursday, 11 May 2006
Bishop Artemije visited today in Mitrovica Hospital, seriously wounded two young men Jovan Milosevic and Jablan Jeftic. Jovan and Jablan were attacked last night around 3 AM while they were working at a local gas station in the village of Grabovac near Kosovska Mitrovica. Bishop Artemije has strongly condemned this evil attack. Lately, the number of attacks on Serbs has dramaticaly increased. These examples show how would Kosovo look tomorrow if this Region would be given independence.
MITROVICA, Serbia and Montenegro, May 11 (Reuters) - Two Serb men were shot and wounded on Thursday in an attack on a petrol station in the tense, mainly Serb, north of Kosovo, police sources said.
A police spokesman said two men were seriously wounded in the incident on the main road a few kilometres north of the flashpoint town of Mitrovica, which has been divided since the 1998-99 war between Serbs and ethnic Albanians.
Police sources and hospital officials said they were two Serbs aged 19 and 21 who were working at the petrol station when shot at from an automatic weapon at around 3.00 a.m. (0100 GMT).
"They have been operated on and are no longer in danger," said Doctor Vladimir Adic of the north Mitrovica hospital.
The owner of the petrol station said no money was missing. Police said the motive was unclear.
Kosovo's 100,000 Serbs have been targeted by sporadic violence since the United Nations took control of the Serbian province in 1999, when NATO bombs drove out Serb forces accused of ethnic cleansing in a two-year war with Albanian rebels.
Mitrovica has seen some of the worst violence since the end of the war and the NATO deployment, when around half Kosovo's Serb population fled a wave of revenge attacks.
NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer is due to visit Kosovo on Thursday as a decision nears on its future.
The 90-percent Kosovo Albanian majority is pushing for independence in U.N.-mediated talks that began in February in Vienna. The major powers want a deal on "final status" within the year but Serbs reject independence.
NATO has around 17,000 soldiers stationed in Kosovo.