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Serbia: Tensions High In Kosovo After Three Deaths

Pristina, 28 November 1997 (RFE/RL) - Tensions are high in the Serbian region of Kosovo following three deaths in two days in clashes between ethnic Albanians and police.

The Serbian police information service says one policeman was killed when a police station in the village of Reznic came under what was described as an "armed terrorist attack" Wednesday night. Police said one attacker was killed and two policemen injured. Yugoslav and foreign media also reported the incident some 100 kilometers west of the province's capital Pristina. There are reports that Reznic has been sealed off by police.

The incident followed reports of a clash Wednesday near Srbica in the west of Kosovo involving police which resulted in the fatal wounding of an ethnic-Albanian teacher. He died today of his wounds. Circumstances surrounding the incident, in which an 11 year-old boy was reported seriously injured, are not clear. Another teacher and two policemen were reportedly injured.

Tensions have been growing in Kosovo since then-Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic revoked its autonomy in 1989. Ethnic Albanians comprise some 90 percent of the region's population.