Armed assailants attacked the home of Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, Kosovo police said yesterday. Thaci was away at the time; his wife and son were in the house but were unhurt, police said.
The government condemned the assault as a "direct attack upon the prime minister and his family."
Police said Thaci's security guards spotted one person trying to break into the two-story house from the balcony of the top floor. They exchanged fire with an unknown number of assailants, who did not manage to get into the house. The attackers escaped but at least one was believed to be injured as traces of blood were found.
Deputy Prime Minister, Hajredin Kuqi said Thaci was away on a private visit at the time of the attack late Friday. He said authorities have increased security measures for government officials.
"This is a direct attack upon the prime minister and his family," Kuqi told reporters in the capital Pristina. "The fact that someone has tried to hurt the prime minister and his family for whatever reason is not only criminal, it goes beyond any political hatred or impatience."
Thaci's residence is in a suburb of Kosovo's capital Pristina that contains most of the embassies and diplomatic residences.