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Bomb attack in Kosovo targets Serb politician

October 14, 2013

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The United Nations Mission in Kosovo says a bomb thrown at the residence of a prominent Serb in Kosovo’s tense north caused extensive damage to his house, neighboring buildings and a vehicle. No one was injured.

Monday’s targeting of politician Nebojsa Maric in Mitrovica highlights tensions ahead of the Nov. 3 local poll that many Serbs oppose because they say it validates Kosovo’s 2008 secession from Serbia.

Belgrade rejects Kosovo’s independence but has backed Serb participation during EU-led talks to normalize relations with Pristina.

The top U.N. official in Kosovo Farid Zarif said such acts of violence “gravely jeopardize” security in the region.

Last month, a member of the European Union rule of law mission was shot and killed in the Serb-run north.

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