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Two EU cars attacked with Molotov cocktails in Kosovo

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(PRISTINA) - Two cars of the EU rule of law mission (EULEX) in Kososvo were damaged Wednesday when unknown attackers threw Molotov cocktails at them, a mission spokesman said.

"Two Molotov cocktails were thrown at the two cars. One of them was burned inside while the second one had only a broken window," EULEX spokesman Christophe Lamfalussy told AFP.

The incident occurred in the town of Gnjilane, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) east from the capital Pristina.

"It is a regrettable but isolated incident," Lamfalussy said.

Some 1,000 Kosovo Albanians on Monday demonstrated in Pristina against the new crime-fighting accord between EULEX and Serbia, considering it as an infringement of the newly declared state's sovereignty.

In February 2008 Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia, which still regards it as its southern province.

But there is anger over the protocol, concluded on Friday, between EULEX and Serbia focusing on police cooperation and fighting organised crime and smuggling in the Balkans.

The rift is the most serious to emerge between Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority and EULEX, which took over the work of a United Nations mission in December.

EULEX has around 2,000 staff on the ground in Kosovo, which also hosts almost 14,000 international troops serving under NATO's Kosovo Force and a small contingent of the United Nations.


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