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Bomb wrecks EU worker's car in Kosovo
Associated Press
2011-10-06 12:41 AM
Xavier Bout de Marnhac, the leader of the U.N. mission in Kosovo, called for calm there Wednesday after one of its employees escaped injury when a device planted beneath his parked car exploded.

There were no casualties in Tuesday's attack, which occurred in a parking lot, but de Marnhac called it "a clear attempt at intimidation."

"Violence shouldn't be an option," de Marnhac said of Kosovo, which has suffered spells of violence for several months as Serbs resist attempts by Kosovo authorities to set up customs outposts at two border crossings with Serbia.

"It's not the way to solve the problems," de Marnhac said in Albania's capital, Tirana, where he was meeting with Albanian Foreign Minister Edmond Haxhinasto and police officials. "It is the dialogue and commitment that would help to solve problems."

The explosion occurred Tuesday outside the EU building in the Kosovo city of Mitrovica.

Kosovo is dominated by ethnic Albanians. Many Serbs who live in Kosovo's north reject the country's 2008 declaration of independence from Serbia. They have clashed with EU and NATO forces blaming them for supporting Kosovo institutions.

Serbs who work with international missions often are considered collaborators with ethnic Albanian-dominated institutions.

In a separate police operation in Pristina on Wednesday, EU investigators arrested six people, including two policemen and an Interior Ministry official, suspected of embezzling millions of euros from police funds earmarked for the supply of guns and ammunition.

Investigators raided private businesses, houses and public offices searching for evidence of the alleged fraud. A business and a private house also were searched by police in Germany, but officials at the U.N. mission in Kosovo did not give the exact location.

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AP writer Llazar Semini in Albania contributed to this report.

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