Kosovo police in tense standoff with local Serbs

July 26, 2011 04:17


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MITROVICA, Kosovo - Kosovo sent special police forces to its Serbian-populated north late on Monday to enforce a ban on imports from Serbia, but local Serbs resisted the move as ethnic tensions rose sharply.

Police said they had taken control of one of two border crossings in the area, but the local Serbs blocked the road to prevent them from reaching the other.

The crossings, known as Gates 1 and 31, were attacked and set on fire by the Serbs when Kosovo, which has a 90 percent ethnic Albanian majority, declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Kosovo has not controlled them since that time.

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