One policeman was killed and another was wounded in an attack on a unit of the Kosovo police on Saturday evening at the entrance to the village of Banjska in the northern Kosovo.
Police said that, while performing his duties in North Mitrovica, the rapid intervention unit of the border police noticed that at the entrance to the village of Banjska two heavy trucks without license plates blocking the entrance to a bridge. Three police units were deployed to the area.
„As soon as they arrived at the location of the blockade, they encountered resistance, where shots were fired from a different arsenal of firearms, including hand grenades and pistols from some positions, during which two policemen were shot,“ the statement said.
Police said the officers reacted in self-defense and managed to push back the initial attack in order to create conditions to provide assistance and retrieval of the injured officers.
„The injured police officers were pulled out of the location and transported to the Regional Hospital in South Mitrovica, where the doctor declared the death of one, while the other was injured,“ the statement said.
Meanwhile, thehead of Eulex arrived at the police station in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica. All roads to the village of Banjska from the direction of Leposavic, Zubin Potok and Zvečan are blocked.
The US Ambassador in Pristina, Jevri Hovenier, said that the United States strongly condemns the attacks on Kosovo police, noting that the police has full and legitimate responsibility for enforcing the rule of law in accordance with the constitution and laws of Kosovo.
The Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN in Kosovo and the head of UNMIK, Karolina Zijade, also condemned the attack.