UN Cop Killed in Kosovo Riots

More than 100 injured as Serbs battle UN, NATO with guns and grenades
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2008 6:51 AM CDT
Serbs carrying a banner that reads "Kosovo", during a protest against the independence of Kosovo, in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, March 17, 2008. .    (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
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(Newser) – A Ukrainian UN police officer has been killed and at least 40 UN or NATO personnel were injured as Serbs continued to exchange gunfire with NATO and UN forces, reports AFP. Some 70 Serbs were also wounded as yesterday's fighting in ethnically charged Mitrovica spilled over to today, including a man who fell into a coma after being shot in the head.

The deadly clashes came as the UN and NATO tried to clear Serb protesters from court buildings. UN vehicles were attacked with stones and grenades and a Serb crowd freed arrested protesters. UN and NATO forces have withdrawn temporarily to the Albanian part of the divided city, but NATO has vowed it will respond firmly to the violence.