06 OCT 2010
By Nebi Qena | Canadian Press
MITROVICA, Kosovo — NATO peacekeepers and European Union police have stepped up patrols in Kosovo's tense north in a bid to fight a surge in violent incidents, including arson and explosions, officials said Tuesday.
The top NATO commander in Kosovo, Maj. Gen. Erhard Buehler, and police chief Udo Moeller said they have more foot patrols and will set up more checkpoints "to tackle the security situation ... which lacks law and order."
The move follows a string of violent incidents that highlight the simmering tensions between majority ethnic Albanians and minority Serbs. A French policeman was wounded by gunfire in September as EU police, known as EULEX, moved to disperse rioting Serbs and in July a man was killed when a hand grenade was thrown among Serb protesters. Cars have also been set ablaze in the restless region.
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