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Police: Kosovo prime minister's home attacked

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080607/ap_on_re_eu/kosovo_attack Police: Kosovo prime minister s home attacked By NEBI QENA, Associated Press Writer 7 minutes ago
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 7, 2008

      Police: Kosovo prime minister's home attacked

      By NEBI QENA, Associated Press Writer 7 minutes ago

      PRISTINA, Kosovo - Gunmen trying to break into the
      home of Kosovo's prime minister exchanged fire with
      security guards, injuring one of the assailants,
      police said Saturday.

      Hashim Thaci was away at the time of the attack late
      Friday. His wife and son were in the house but were

      Deputy Prime Minister Hajredin Kuqi condemned it as a
      "direct threat upon the prime minister and his

      "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," Kuqi told reporters in the capital,

      Thaci's private security guards spotted one person
      trying to break into the two-story house in a suburb
      of Pristina, police said. They exchanged fire with an
      unknown number of assailants, who did not manage to
      get into the house.

      The attackers escaped but traces of blood were found,
      police said, leading authorities to believe one was

      Kuqi would not comment on who he believed was behind
      the attack and called upon authorities to conduct a
      swift investigation.

      "We don't want to believe that this is due to
      political hatred," Kuqi said. "We trust the
      authorities and they will have their say."

      Relations between ethnic Albanian political parties in
      Kosovo have been marked by tension and rivalry. Thaci
      heads an uneasy coalition government forged with the
      party of late pacifist President Ibrahim Rugova, his
      one-time main rival.

      He is also at odds with former rebel commander Ramush
      Haradinaj, who was recently acquitted by the U.N.
      tribunal of war crimes charges and has returned to
      Kosovo to lead his party, now in opposition.

      Haradinaj's Alliance for the Future of Kosovo
      condemned the attack and urged authorities to find the

      "Such criminal acts damage the positive image of the
      state of Kosovo," the party said in a statement.

      Thaci, the former political head of Kosovo's ethnic
      Albanian rebels, the Kosovo Liberation Army, is
      regarded as the key figure in pushing for Kosovo's
      independence from Serbia.

      Kosovo declared independence from Serbia on Feb. 17,
      which was fiercely opposed by Serbia and Russia but
      supported by several Western nations.
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