Kosovo Claims Government Offices Attacked Amid Tensions with Serbian Population

Kosovo claimed that Serbia was “provoking a serious international conflict” after two vehicles with Serbian license plates attacked two interior ministry offices.

Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti told a news conference that Serbia wants to militarize the situation.

“Serbia clearly wants to militarize and escalate the situation. It is bringing close to the border Russian-made helicopters and airplanes … Serbia is provoking a serious international conflict,” Kurti said.

According to the police, the town of Zubin Potok’s car registration office was set on fire, while two hand grenades were hurled towards the town of Zvecan’s civil registration office, though they did not explode.

Meanwhile, there was no casualty reported.

Interior Minister Xhelal Svecla said the fire that destroyed the Zubin Potok vehicle registration office was started by “suspects in a criminal act with terrorist elements.”

Since the government ban went into effect on Monday, Serbs from Kosovo’s north have blocked two major routes near the border. All Serbian drivers are now required to utilize temporary printed registration data that are only valid for 60 days.

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