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NATO Soldiers, Serbs Injured In Kosovo Violence


German KFOR soldiers try to extinguish a fire at the closed Serbia-Kosovo border crossing of Jarinje on September 27.

German KFOR soldiers try to extinguish a fire at the closed Serbia-Kosovo border crossing of Jarinje on September 27.

Four NATO peacekeepers and six Serb protesters were reportedly injured when violence erupted at a disputed crossing point between Serbia and Kosovo.

Witnesses said NATO peacekeeping troops (KFOR) fired teargas and rubber bullets to disperse a crowd rallying against the removal of a Serb-held barricade from the Jarinje border post linking Kosovo's north with Serbia.

A KFOR spokesman, Kai Gudenoge, said four peacekeepers were wounded by a pipe bomb during the clashes, one of them badly.

Meanwhile, a medical official in nearby Kosovska Mitrovica told local media that six Serb protestors who clashed with KFOR at the Jarinje border post were seriously injured by gunfire.

KFOR said its forces had responded with rubber bullets after Kosovo Serbs fired at the border checkpoint.

compiled from agency reports

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