The Kosovo police announced that one of the attackers who attacked a Kosovo police patrol early this morning and killed a police officer died in the ongoing firefight with the security forces, KosovaPress reported, quoted by BTA.
The information says that the border points with Serbia, Jarinja and Brnjak, are closed.
Police report that the situation in Northern Kosovo, and especially the area around the village of Banska, remains tense. Sporadic gunfights with “criminal gangs” continue, and police set up a security perimeter.
“A significant number of professional attackers, masked and in various uniforms, armed with heavy weapons, grenades, military equipment, a number of armored vehicles, use various private properties and sites, including in and around the monastery in Banska, to carry out movement, find cover and to take up a position to fire at units of the Kosovo Police,” the statement said.
Earlier, Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti and President Vjosa Osmani accused Belgrade that the attack was carried out by “criminal gangs organized by Serbia”. Serbia has rejected the claims, and later today Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is expected to make an address to “expose Kurti’s lies”.
On the social network Ex, the NATO force in Kosovo KeyFOR reported that they are closely monitoring the situation in Banska, and parts of the force are in the area and are ready to intervene if necessary.
In the early morning incident, one Kosovo policeman was killed and another was injured. The attack and killing of a police officer was condemned by the EU and the US.