Roland Lavoie, KFOR Spokesman
KFOR Committed to Enforce Law and Order in Kosovo
Yesterday, the Commander of KFOR, General Dr. Klaus Reinhardt, presented
an encouraging assessment of KFOR's achievements made since the first
soldiers of the NATO-lead international security force arrived in Kosovo
on June 12th this year.
Since then, KFOR has enforced the Military Technical Agreement which
lead to the withdrawal of Yugoslav forces, has overseen the demilitarization
of the former Kosovo Liberation Army, and has established a more secure
environment. Moreover it has supported the UN Mission in Kosovo and provided
humanitarian support to the population in order to foster the rebuilding
of the province.
Stressing that the most important facet of KFOR's operation is the provision
of a safe and secure environment, Commander KFOR revealed his focus will
remain on security and fight against serious crimes, in particular those
committed against members of ethnic minorities.
In addition to the tough measures already enforced to fight crime, Commander
KFOR has issued an order to his brigade commanders to focus their attention
towards the fight against crimes. KFOR will also conduct joint patrols
with UNMIK Police and the Kosovo Police Service and assign more troops
to troubled areas. These measures, along with the strengthening of the
judicial system recently announced by UNMIK, will further reinforce law
and order within Kosovo.
Events and incidents in Kosovo during the last two days:
No media update was issued yesterday. Today's summary therefore reflects
incidents reported since last Sunday.
Body of a Serb man found:
The body of a Serb man was found Sunday morning in the area of Pasjane,
in Multinational Brigade East. This followed a report received from men
who said they were attacked by three armed Albanians while collecting
wood in a forest.
Kosovo Albanian killed:
A 38-year-old Kosovo Albanian man was killed during a drive-by shooting
yesterday in Pistance, in Multinational Brigade West. The man was driving
his horse-drawn cart when he was struck by gunfire from an unidentified
car. This attack is currently under investigation.
Two suspects arrested for the murder of a Kosovo Albanian:
The body of a 30-year-old Kosovo Albanian man apparently killed by four
gunshots was brought to Pec civilian hospital Sunday evening. KFOR Military
Police initiated an investigation. This morning initial reports reveal
that they are now questioning two Kosovo Albanian suspects.
Explosion slightly injures two people:
An explosion injured slightly two individuals yesterday in north-Mitrovica,
in the vicinity of an office used by the Albanian Republic Party of Kosovo.
KFOR troops immediately reacted by cordoning the area and evacuating the
injured to a KFOR medical facility. An explosive ordnance disposal team
was dispatched in support of UNMIK Police, who are investigating this
Road traffic accident injures a man:
An unfortunate road traffic accident involving a KFOR vehicle injured
a 40-year-old pedestrian yesterday a few kilometres southwest of Pristina.
The man was brought to hospital by KFOR Canadian army medics. He is now
being treated for a serious compound fracture of the leg.
A Kosovo Albanian man was caught by a KFOR patrol yesterday after he was
seen throwing a Molotov cocktail at a Serb house in Kamenica, in Multinational
Brigade East. The patrol extinguished the fire immediately and the arsonist
was handed over to Military Police.
Mortar rounds fired in the area of Partes:
At 17:30 hrs on Sunday evening, KFOR radars detected the firing of mortar
rounds in the area of Partes, a few kilometres south of Gnjilane, in Multinational
Brigade East. KFOR troops searched the area and found three unused mortar
rounds and seven points of impact. No damage or injuries were reported
and KFOR is still investigating the incident. Approximately 150 to 200
local citizens participated in a non-violent protest following the firing
incident, but the crowd dispersed peacefully at 20:45 hrs.
On Sunday evening in Pec, KFOR troops arrested a Roma man who was attempting
to abduct of 14-year-old Roma girl during a house break-in. The circumstances
surrounding this incident are under investigation.
More arrests in Multinational Brigade South:
Multinational Brigade South reported 14 arrests over the last two days,
including five for attempted looting, one for burglary, one for threatening
behaviour and two for illegal possession of weapons and five for breaking