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Updated: 5 August 1999 KFOR Press Statements

Pristina,
Kosovo

29 July 1999
as of 11:00

KFOR Press Statement

  • As part of the investigation into the Gracko murders committed on 24 July, a total of five individuals were questioned yesterday by the UK military police. Out of these five, three are now detained pending further inquiries into the 14 murders. No further details are available at this time.

  • At approximately 7:30 yesterday, a US soldier from 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, was fatally wounded following an accidental weapon discharge. The soldier was in his quarters at Camp Bondsteel near Urosevac at the time of the accident. Task Force Falcon, the US Contingent, will release further details when available and pending notification of next-of-kin.

  • Yesterday a woman was shot and killed south of Prizren. The German military police have started an investigation. No further details are available at this time.

  • Yesterday MNB East reported that they are detaining two ethnic Albanians in connection with a double murder which occurred on the evening of the 27 July in a rural area 10 km north-east of Gnjilane. The Military police are investigating. No further details are available at this time.

  • Five house fires were reported in Urosevac last night. A US fire truck responded. No arrests were made in connection with these house fires.

  • 288 ethnic Albanians refugees returned to their home in Urosevac yesterday. They arrived from the United States via Skopje.

  • The Russian Battalion has now assumed responsibility for the area of Kosovska Kamenica, in MNB East.

  • An estimated 70% of the crops have been harvested in Gnjilane. US forces are providing fuel to the villagers so that they may operate their machinery.

  • The second unit of the Kosovo "A" power station in Obilic was fired-up yesterday and is running well. It is now hoped to start-up the Kosovo "B" power station but the canal required for water to the power station needs to be repaired. This will take place through a contractor and the work is not expected to begin before at least three weeks. The power from Kosovo A is purely for domestic consumption while the power for Kosovo B can be exported outside of Kosovo.

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