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Yugoslavia: Ethnic Albanian Family Killed In Kosovo

Pristina, 21 August 2001 (RFE/RL) -- Five members of a ethnic Albanian family were shot dead when their car came under automatic weapons fire in the United Nations-administered Serbian province of Kosovo, a UN spokesman said today. A spokesman for the UN mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Andrea Angelli, said today the car was attacked last night some 20 kilometers west of the provincial capital Pristina. He said unknown attackers stopped a car carrying a family of six on a road west of Pristina and opened fire with machineguns late on yesterday at around 11 p.m. (2100 GMT).

"There were six people in a car," he told Reuters. "Five of them (were) killed and one badly injured. The attackers fired so many times that the car is riddled with bullets."

The victims were all members of the Hajra family and those shot dead included a nine-year-old girl. No suspects had yet been arrested, Angelli said.