One Serb was shot and six police officers injured on Wednesday (13 October) when police fired tear gas to disperse a crowd that became hostile after raids on suspected smugglers in a volatile area of Kosovo populated by the Serb minority.
Kosovo police said officers met resistance in Mitrovica as they carried out an operation to seize smuggled goods in several towns on Wednesday.
A nation-wide anti-smuggling operation was met with attacks against the police by Kosovo Serbs in the northern part of the country, resulting in six injured police officers. https://t.co/JKB3TOAqag
— Exit (@ExitExplains) October 13, 2021
A statement said police responded when protesters in Mitrovica used hand grenades and stun grenades against officers. It said six police officers were injured.
Serbian state TV showed people running from tear gas and one vehicle set on fire. It said several people were injured.
A number of #Kosovo Serbs from the area burned 2 cars & blocked one of the main roads in the city. At least one of the cars was of the customs office.
5 of the injured police officers are of Albanian ethnicity, one is a Serb. #Prishtine #Peja #Mitrovica pic.twitter.com/SDz4BPyhOZ