Updated: 25 October 1999 KFOR Press Updates


25 Oct. 1999

KFOR Press Update

by Major Ole Irgens, KFOR Spokesman

The closing of the school in Plemetina, performed by KFOR troops from the Norwegian Telemark Battalion in support of UNMIK Police this night, happened without any incidents whatsoever, and the situation in the area is reported to be quiet. The decision to close the school was taken as the safety of school children was being put at risk for political ends. The school will be closed until the refurbishment of an educational facility for Albanian children is complete. This is expected to happen very soon.

Yesterday evening, at 18:20 hrs, in Obilic, Multinational Brigade Centre, a KFOR patrol reported that a Serbian man had been shot. The victim was evacuated to the military hospital in Kosovo Polje with injuries to his leg. Investigations are ongoing.

During a routine operation, a KFOR patrol found a hand grenade in Mogila, in the area of Multinational Brigade East. An explosive ordnance team has been notified and will dispose of the grenade. As you might remember, this is the Serb village attacked by Albanians last Tuesday. After the attack, KFOR, installed a checkpoint in the village and increased the number of ground patrols. The finding of the grenade is a result of KFOR's enforced presence in the area.

Yesterday at 16:45 in Zupce, 7 km west of Mitrovica, Multinational Brigade North, a bus with Serbian passengers accidentally drove through an Albanian wedding congregation. Following this, there was some unrest and some stones were thrown, and a child was slightly injured and taken to hospital. KFOR soldiers from the Danish Battalion intervened, and the incident ended at 18:55 hrs.

In Dakovica, Multinational Brigade West, an Albanian man claimed he was being injured after an alleged attack by former UCK members. The man received care for his injuries at the field hospital, and Military Police are currently investigating the case.

A man, who identified himself as a Montenegrin citizen, was stopped by a KFOR patrol in the vicinity of Pec Monastery, yesterday at 23:30 hrs. The man was carrying a pistol and a magazine, and was unable to provide any identification. Weapon was confiscated and the man is under arrest.

Two Albanian men were arrested in Pec by KFOR soldiers during the night. They were robbing a Bosnian house. Military Police are investigating this incident.

An Albanian barn was set on fire yesterday east of Urosevac, Multinational Brigade East, around midnight. The local fire department was unable to put out the fire due to the intensity. KFOR Military Police will start investigations today.

In Multinational Brigade South, a KFOR patrol found three carabines, four AK-47 rifles, one pistol and six hand grenades during a house search operation in Done, 10 km north west of Prizren. The weapons have been confiscated.

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