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Kosova Daily Report #1328, 98-01-25

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From: Kosova Information Center <kic_pr@zana-pr.ztn.apc.org>

Kosova Information Center

KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1328

Prishtina, 25 January 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Tense Situation in Malisheva Following Unsolved Shootings Saturday Evening
  • [02] Unsolved Explosion Causes Panic in a Prishtina Neighbourhood

  • [01] Tense Situation in Malisheva Following Unsolved Shootings Saturday Evening

    Still unconfirmed reports speak of two Serb policemen wounded last evening in Malisheva. Scores of local Albanians bear the brunt of retaliatory campaign of Serb police forces PRISHTINA, Jan 25 (KIC) - The situation has been reported very tense in Malisheva, a small town 45 km south-west of Prishtina, following the yet unsolved fire shootings in the town last evening.

    LDK activists in Malisheva told Kosova Information Center (KIC) this morning that a yet unsolved incident occurred near a Serb police vehicle in the town on Saturday evening at around 19:50.

    Heavy Serb police forces blocked the area immediately, making it imposable for them to find out what in fact happened there.

    Eye-witnesses were quoted as saying that they have seen blood on the ground in the area where the Serb police car was presumably hit.

    Yet unconfirmed reports speak of two wounded Serb policemen.

    Serb police forces were deployed soon in the town from the surrounding towns of Rahovec, Suhareka and Prizren, who were involved in a wide-scale campaign of reprisals. For about two hours after the shootings were heard near the police car, the Serb police reportedly raided many households of Albanians in the town, harassing, beating and arresting scores of people.

    Beqir Berisha was beaten up brutally in his house in front of his children. He was hit with automatic riffle butt and has suffered severe head injuries. Shaban Krasniqi who happened to be in front of his own apartment has likewise suffered body injuries. Bajrush Hoti, member of LDK Presidency in Malisheva told KIC that the number of the people who were beaten up indiscriminately is big.

    Hamit Thaqi from Mirusha village was beaten in front of the medical center in Malisheva. He had reportedly come for treatment there earlier.

    During the last night the police arrested scores of people in the town. Malush Hoti, Arben Hoti, Ahmet Berisha and Bashkim Gashi, from Malisheva are believed to be still in Serb police custody.

    Arif Hoti, an ambulance driver was forced to draw to Rahovec the Serb police car with his ambulance vehicle. He was sent to the police station later.

    Another member of the LDK presidency in Malisheva, Gani Krasniqi, described the situation in the town as very tense. The local population fears of further possible crack-down of police forces in the area, he said.

    [02] Unsolved Explosion Causes Panic in a Prishtina Neighbourhood

    PRISHTINA, Jan 25 (KIC) - An unexplained explosion occurred today morning at Aktashi neighbourhood in Prishtina, capital of Kosova, causing minor material damage and great panic amongst the local residents.

    Witnesses told Kosova Information Center that a still unknown device exploded today at around 11:00 hrs in front of the home of an Albanian Bilall Qerimi at Aktashi III neighbourhood in Prishtina. A hole of about 20 cm wide was caused from the blast.

    The LDK Information Commission in Kodra e Diellit neighbourhood in Prishtina said the blast occurred in unsolved circumstances. It has caused anxiety amongst the local resident and family of Bilall Qerimi in particular.

    Kosova Information Center


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