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The Complicated Casualty Of Kosovo


The foot bridge constructed by NATO and UN peacekeepers in the ethnically divided town of Mitrovica

The foot bridge constructed by NATO and UN peacekeepers in the ethnically divided town of Mitrovica

RFE/RL's Balkan Service reports that the man killed when someone threw a grenade into a protest in the ethnically divided city of Mitrovica, in Kosovo, was Mehsud Dekovic.

Our service also notes that Serbian President Boris Tadic expressed his condolences and called the incident an attempt to provoke Serbia.

But the Serbian president's statement also failed to identify Dekovic by name.

A coincidence, perhaps. But someone from our service noted that it certainly complicates Tadic's spin on events that the victim who died in the attack was a Bosniak from the Bosnjacke Mahala neighborhood of Mitrovica.

-- Andy Heil

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