Updated: 10 November 1999 KFOR Press Updates


10 Nov. 1999

KFOR Press Update

by Major Ole Irgens, KFOR Spokesman

Today, I would like to give you some numbers from our latest crime statistics. There have been some figures in the press lately from other sources, with numbers that are not quite concurrent with the KFOR statistics.

We now have a total number of 379 murders in Kosovo since we started counting the 12th of June. Of those are 135 Serbs, 145 Kosovo Albanian and 99 of other or unknown ethnic origin.

The total number of kidnappings are 137, with 43 of those being Serbs and 77 Kosovo Albanians.

As a general comment on the figures: We have seen a slight increase in the number of murders the last two weeks, but it is still within the average level we have experienced the last months. The overall trend is that the crime rate in Kosovo for all major categories of offences is still on a low level. KFOR is very determined to continue to reduce the overall crime level in Kosovo, of course in close cooperation with the UNMIK Police.

A man was killed when he walked into a marked minefield near Jazonce, Multinational Brigade East, near the border to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia yesterday at 15:45. KFOR troops tried to evacuate the man, but unfortunately he died of his injuries before he could be taken to hospital.

KFOR troops stopped three Kosovo Albanian men from evicting two other Kosovo Albanians from their home in Urosevac yesterday. The men had documents stating they were part of the "Provisional Government Division of Housing".

A grenade was thrown into the house of a Roma family in Gnjilane yesterday evening. One grenade exploded inside the house, but fortunately nobody was injured and there was only minor damage to the house.

A Kosovo Albanian man stepped on a mine near the Kulina border crossing point, Multinational Brigade West, yesterday at 11:00 hrs. He lost one foot, and was taken to the hospital in Dakovica.

A 40 year old Roma man was found dead in his home 3 km east of Istok yesterday at 17:00 hrs. The man was probably murdered in his sleep with a knife or a bayonet. KFOR Military Police are investigating.

In a vehicle checkpoint in Mitrovica, Multinational Brigade North, yesterday, a pistol was confiscated. The owner of the pistol was handed over to the UMIK Police.

A body was found in the village of Kladernica, 20 kilometers southwest of Mitrovica, yesterday afternoon. The body has been turned over to UNMIK police for investigation.

Two men managed to cross illegally into Kosovo from Albanian at the Morina border crossing point, Multinational Brigade South, yesterday at 11:00, in spite of warning shots being fired. Later, at the same spot, one person who tried to cross the border turned back after the firing of warning shots.

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