NATO: Bomb Attack on Yugoslav Office in Kosovo

Published November 22nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A powerful bomb explosion ripped through the home of Serbia's representative in Kosovo early Wednesday injuring two of his staff, a spokesman for the province's NATO-led peacekeeping force said. 

The official, Stanimir Vukicevic, escaped uninjured from the house, part of the ground floor of which was completely destroyed.  

First reports from the UN said he had not been at home at the time of the blast. One of his staff was in a serious condition, the spokesman said. 

"I can confirm it was not an accidental explosion. Two people have been injured, we cannot say how seriously," Captain Charlie Valdes-Scott said, joined by telephone outside the Serb's home. The blast happened at 4:40 am (0340 GMT).  

Valdes-Scott said "four or five" neighborhood residents were hospitalized suffering from shock. 

Vukicevic is President Vojislav Kostunica's representative in the breakaway province. 

Kosovo is a Yugoslav province which has been administered by the United Nations since June 1999, when a NATO-led peacekeeping force arrived in the province to bring an end to the Yugoslav army's attempt to put down an ethnic Albanian separatist rebellion -- PRISTINA, Yugoslavia (AFP) 



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