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Ethnic tensions lead to deadly flare-up of violence in Kosovo


Masked Serb extremists set the Serbia-Kosovo border crossing on fire in Jarinje on July 27. Ethnic Serbs set fire to a border crossing post in northern Kosovo on Wednesday after Kosovo's government said it had regained control of that station and one other, officials said. Oliver Ivanovic, Serbia's state secretary for Kosovo, said no one was hurt, but voiced concern about further violence.

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Members of Kosovo police carry the coffin of their late colleague Enver Bajrami during his funeral ceremony in the village of Dubovc on July 27. The policeman was shot and killed on Tuesday in the ethnically divided town of Mitrovica.

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Kosovo Albanians attend a funeral ceremony for police officer Enver Zymberi on July 27.

Reuters reports:

A deadly flare-up of violence in Kosovo's Serbian-populated north has sent tensions with Belgrade soaring and prompted a stern intervention from the European Union.

Kosovo, which has a 90 percent ethnic Albanian majority, sent special police units on Monday to take control of northern border crossings and enforce a ban on imports from Serbia -- retaliation for its block on Kosovo's exports.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 but Belgrade does not recognize the move and the 60,000 Serbs who live in northern Kosovo still consider Belgrade their capital.

One Kosovo police officer was shot in the head and died on Tuesday in a clash with local Serbs. On Wednesday, armed Serbs attacked and burned down the Jarinje border post and fired at members of NATO's KFOR peacekeeping force. Continue reading.