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Ethnic Hungarian Leader In Serbia Target Of Attack

30 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Serb police says that unknown attackers tossed a hand grenade in front of the house of an ethnic Hungarian leader in Serbia.

The bomb apparently targeted a house in the city of Subotica, northern Serbia, belonging to Josef Kasa, leader of the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians and a former Serbian deputy premier.

Nobody was injured in the explosion and the house was slightly damaged.

Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica condemned in a statement the "mindless act" as a "crime aimed not only at [Kasa]...but at the state of Serbia."

In Vojvodina, Serbia's northern province, ethnic tensions have been on the rise in recent years, with the sizeable Hungarian minority reporting incidents of intimidation and even violence.


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