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A European Union-led court in Kosovo has sentenced 10 ethnic Albanians to prison terms for an attack on a Serbian police checkpoint.

The sentences range from 26 months to nine years.

EULEX, the EU’s rule of law mission in Kosovo, said in a statement that the defendants had been found guilty of "terrorism" and participating in a "terrorist group," which carried out an armed attack on a Serbian checkpoint in southern Serbia in June, 2012.

One officer was reported slightly injured in the attack.

The panel of judges said the group had sought to trigger conflict in the Presevo Valley in a bid "to compel the international community to intervene" there.

Serbia’s Presevo Valley, which borders Kosovo, is mostly populated by ethnic Albanians whose political leaders have sought for their community to join Kosovo.

Based on reports from AP and AFP