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Serbian policeman killed on border with Kosovo

August 28, 2014

KURSUMLIJA, Serbia (AP) — Serbian police say a gendarmerie unit officer has been killed on the tense border with Kosovo.

Police described the shooting as a “terrorist attack” by Kosovo Albanians who were allegedly cutting wood illegally in a forest on the Serbian side of the boundary early Thursday.

The Serbian Interior Ministry ordered deployment of a heavy police force to the border in response. There were no reports on whether there were any casualties among ethnic Albanians in the shootout with the Serbian border unit.

Tensions have been high on the border since 1999 when NATO-led peacekeepers deployed in Kosovo, pushing Serb security forces out of the former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008. Serbia does not recognize Kosovo’s independence.

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