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EU police officer killed in Kosovo

EU police officer killed in Kosovo
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A European Union police officer has been shot dead in northern Kosovo. It is the first fatality suffered by the EU mission known as EULEX since it deployed in 2008.

The Lithuanian officer was killed in a mainly Serb region where tensions persist despite an accord between Kosovo and Serbia.

No group has claimed responsibility for the shooting.

“We deployed a team of investigators and we will do everything possible to bring the perpetrators of this cowardly act in front of justice. EULEX mission condemns any kind of violence against its staff members,” said Eulex spokesman Blerim Krasniqi

The Eulex mission took control of security in 2008 when Kosovo declared independence from Serbia.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton condemned the killing.

She urged all sides to press ahead with the accord agreed in April in which Serbia agreed to cede its hold over the north and for Serbs living there to be integrated into the rest of Kosovo.