The capital of Kosovo has been rocked by three loud explosions. The blasts shook Pristina within minutes of each other, targeting an area housing parliament and the international agencies: the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the United Nations. No-one was hurt. The UN has run the southern Serbian province since 1999 when NATO bombers drove out Serb forces accused of atrocities against ethnic Albanian civilians. Kosovo’s 90-percent Albanian majority is demanding independence – something Belgrade rejects outright. The blasts come as the UN assesses whether Kosovo is ready for negotiations on its final long-term status.
Blasts raise tension in Kosovo