(18 Mar 08 - RV) NATO troops secured a hostile strip of north Kosovo today after Serb
riots in Mitrovica killed one Ukrainian U.N. police officer and forced the pullout
of U.N. personnel from the Serb stronghold.
The number of people injured in
the clashes has risen to 130, half of whom were civilians.
sparked by a U.N. police operation to retake a U.N. court seized by protesting Serbs,
was the worst since Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority declared independence from Serbia
on Feb 17
Professor Stefan Wolff of Nottingham University in the UK called
the latest violence worrying and said it casts doubt on plans to deploy a European
Union police mission