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Kosovo Shooting Marks 'Sad Day For UN Peacekeeping'

19 April 2004 -- Investigators are trying to determine why the Jordanian, a UN police officer, opened fire on 17 April on a convoy carrying international correctional officers, fatally shooting two Americans and wounding several others, including an Austrian.

The UN's police commissioner in Kosovo, Stefan Feller, called it "a sad day for UN peacekeeping."

The Jordanian was killed in the gunfight that ensued. Hina reported yesterday that four Jordanian officers who are members of the UN police mission in Kosovo were detained following the incident.

Eight American police officers wounded in a shootout with a Jordanian policeman in Kosovo have been moved to a U.S. base in the UN-administered province for treatment, a U.S. military spokesman said today.

Staff Sergeant Michael Houk said the wounded officers were transported to the military hospital of Camp Bondsteel, the main U.S. base in Kosovo. Another American officer remained in critical condition following brain surgery in neighboring Macedonia.

The Jordanian government yesterday deplored the killings and said it is investigating.

The UN is conducting its own investigation. The top UN official in Kosovo, Harri Holkeri, said he was shocked by the violence and conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims and their governments.

The officers were all part of the UN mission that has administered Kosovo and provided security since 1999.