Grenade blast near new Kosovo army's barracks

The grenade landed in a large yard and did not damage the barracks, said a police officer.

Grenade blast near new Kosovo army's barracks

A grenade was thrown near a regional barracks of Kosovo's new army west of the capital Pristina on Thursday, but there were no casualties, police said.

An investigation has been launched into the incident in the the town of Pec.

The grenade landed in a large yard and did not damage the barracks, said a police officer, who declined to be named.

Kosovo's minority Serbs says they considered the new Kosovo Security Force (KSF) as a step towards further division along ethnic lines.

Earlier on Thursday, about 20-30 members of the forerunner to the new army, the Kosovo Protection Corps, staged a protest in Pristina because they were not enrolled in the KSF.

Of more than 3,000 active members of the former civil protection force, only 1,300 have been accepted into the KSF, military officials say.

The KSF will have 2,500 personnel and 800 reservists and will be fully operational in two to five years. It will be trained and overseen by NATO, which has 15,000 peacekeepers on the ground in Kosovo.

Officials in Pristina have described the KSF as their army, but NATO has said the force would not undertake military tasks.

A decade ago NATO bombed Serbian forces to halt ethnic cleansing in a two-year war against ethnic Albanians who wanted their independence.

Reuters
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