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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.b92.net/eng/news/crimes-article.php?yyyy=2008&mm=03&dd=02&nav_id=48118 Kosovo: Serb church bell thrown into stream 2 March 2008 | 18:08 | Source:
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      Kosovo: Serb church bell thrown into stream

      2 March 2008 | 18:08 | Source: Tanjug
      NOVAKE -- Unknown perpetrators Saturday took off
      the bell from a local church in Novake, the village of Serb returnees.

      The locals in the village in Metohija, western
      Kosovo, are blaming ethnic Albanians for the
      desecration, which came as the villagers were in
      a cemetery some two kilometers away, marking
      Zadušnice, a religious Serb Orthodox Christian holiday dedicated to the dead.

      The bell was later found and recovered by KFOR soldiers in a stream.

      Local priest Branko Gligorijevic' told reporters
      that some 30 Serb families, who returned to the
      village after being driven out by Albanians in
      1999 had just come home from the cemetery when they heard a "crashing sound".

      "We turned back immediately, only to find that
      the bell from the church was missing," Gligorijevic' said.

      According to him, the villagers immediately
      called in KFOR and a search was organized.

      "Sometime after 5 p.m. we found the bell in the
      stream and KFOR helped us take it back to the
      village. It is disgraceful that ethnic Albanians
      are doing this to us on Zadušnice, but the Serb
      church bell will ring in Novake again," Gligorijevic' was quoted.
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