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Hand Grenade Thrown At Home Of Kosovo's State Broadcasting Chief

  • RFE/RL's Balkan Service

Police in Kosovo say a hand grenade that exploded in a Pristina suburb was a targeted attack on the home of the head of Kosovo's state broadcaster, Radio Television Kosovo.

Police said on August 29 that there were no injuries in the explosion near the home of RTK Director-General Mentor Shala.

There were no immediate arrests following the August 29 attack, which took place six days after a hand grenade thrown into the courtyard of RTK's Pristina headquarters damaged the broadcaster's transmitters.

Responsibility for the attack was claimed by an activist group opposed to a planned border deal with Montenegro that parliament is due to debate on September 1.

Kosovo is facing its worst political crisis since it declared independence in 2008 -- with opposition groups protesting the border deal and an EU-brokered accord with Serbia that would give more autonomy to Serb-majority areas in the country.

Opposition deputies have released teargas in the country's parliament several times since last October while police have used teargas to disperse violent demonstrations in Pristina.

With reporting by Reuters
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