Updated: 13 December 1999 KFOR Press Updates


12 Dec. 1999

KFOR Press Update

by Major Roland Lavoie, KFOR Spokesman

KFOR soldier killed and one other injured by accidental grenade explosion

One Polish officer was killed yesterday morning, apparently while handling a confiscated M-60 rifle grenade he had brought back to his compound in the area of Piskavica, in Multinational Brigade East. The Polish Captain died almost instantly. One other Polish officer was injured by the blast and was taken to the Camp Bondsteel medical facility, where he is now in good condition. Three other KFOR soldiers of the Polish contingent suffered slight injuries from glass and other flying debris and were treated on site and released. The accident occurred following search operations conducted in the Deneral Jankovic area, near the border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Polish authorities will investigate this tragic accident.

Events and incidents in Kosovo reported over the last 24 hours:

Once again the security situation was calm over the last 24 hours. In actual fact, for the entire week, all brigades reported a relatively small number of serious crimes -- four murders between the 5th and 11th of December. This sends a reassuring message and is consistent with a long-term trend towards a gradual stabilisation of the security environment.

In Multinational Brigade East on Friday night, four Kosovo Albanians stopped for curfew violation were arrested when they were caught in possession of three pistols. A similar situation occurred yesterday night, when an AK-47 and a pistol were found in a vehicle stopped after curfew. As a result of this incident, three Kosovo Albanian men were arrested.

Friday night in Prizren, in Multinational Brigade South, 22 Kosovo Albanians were arrested, including 15 for curfew violation, five for burglary and two for illegal possession of weapons.

In Multinational Brigade West yesterday, during routine checkpoint and patrolling activities, KFOR troops confiscated a total of three pistols and one AK-47.

During a search operation in a school in Ogusa Friday evening, KFOR troops found a few weapons and one grenade hidden in a stove. An explosive ordnance disposal team removed the device and the identity of nine Kosovo Albanians found on site was recorded.

Yesterday morning in Mitrovica, in Multinational Brigade North, KFRO troops patrolling near the Orthodox Church found three old Yugoslav weapons, eight AK-47 magazines with ammunition, two pistol magazines and one bayonet. A search operation was conducted in the vicinity, in a Serbian district south of Mitrovica, but no further weapons were found.

In Multinational Brigade Centre, a KFOR patrol arrested two unidentified men after they burgled a house in Obilic yesterday afternoon.

A total of 11 people attempted to enter Kosovo illegally from Albania yesterday. They were all prevented from entering Kosovo due to the presence of static control points and patrols.

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