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Serb Arrested in Kosovo After UN Officer Killed

The United Nations arrested on Tuesday a Serb suspected of killing an Indian officer earlier this month in the first deadly attack on the U.N. police force in Kosovo. The 21-year-old man was arrested without incident in the village of Slatina, in the area of Northern Mitrovica which is mainly populated by Serbs, the U.N. force said in a statement. Indian officer Satish Menon, 43, was shot dead in an ambush on his U.N. patrol car in northern Kosovo. Local media traded accusations about the ethnicity of the killer, blaming either Serbian or Albanian “gangs.” The arrest comes less than a week after suspected Albanian extremists killed two Serb youths and wounded four others in an attack on a bathing party in another Serb enclave in U.N.-run territory in Kosovo, raising security concerns in the province. Kosovo’s U.N. police had offered a $55,000 reward for the killers of the Indian officer. They did not say if Tuesday’s arrest resulted from a tip-off. “Police have also recovered a number of AK-47 rifles that are being examined in connection to this murder,” the U.N. police statement said, adding that further searches were being carried out in nearby villages. Full Story

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