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
"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.