Attacks in the north of Kosovo, Lista Serbe reacts: We demand an investigation into the killing of Serbs
The main party of the Serbs in Kosovo, Lista Serbe, has expressed condolences to the families of the killed Serbs and the Kosovo police during the armed attack on the Kosovo Police in Banjska, Zveçan on September 24.
From the fight between an armed group and the Kosovo Police, policeman Afrim Bunjaku was killed and several others were injured. Kosovo authorities have said that four suspected attackers were killed during clashes in the monastery in Banjska.
"We demand an investigation into the murder of at least two Serbs, who were killed in cold blood even though they surrendered. We ask the international community why EULEX did not participate in the operation, but only the police of [Kosovo Prime Minister Albin] Kurti?", said Lista Serbe without providing evidence to support these claims.
This party, which has the support of official Belgrade, called for restraint and peace.
"In this regard, we urgently need KFOR and EULEX to be deployed in the north to prevent further escalation of the situation and to prevent political abuses of this tragic event", said Lista Serbe.
This reaction of the Serbian List comes after the Minister of Internal Affairs, Xhelal Sveçla, and the head of the Police, Gazmend Hoxha, accused the vice president of this party, Millan Radoicic, of organizing and participating in the attack.
In the early hours of Sunday, the Kosovo Police was attacked by a group of masked and armed persons, after the law enforcement authorities tried to remove the barricades placed in Banjska i Zveçani.
As a result of the clashes, the police official, Afrim Bunjaku, was killed and several others were injured.
The armed group then took refuge in the Banjska monastery from where they clashed with the Kosovo Police.
The authorities said that three attackers were killed, while on September 25 it was reported that the dead body of another suspected attacker was found. Meanwhile, six people, who are suspected to be connected to the armed group, have been arrested.
The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, described the armed attackers as "an organized professional unit that has come to fight in Kosovo".
The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, said that the gunmen were local Serbs from Kosovo, "who could no longer suffer Kurt's terror".
Vucic condemned the killing of the Kosovo policeman, saying it "cannot be justified", but denied that Belgrade had anything to do with the attack.
A day after the clashes in the north, the situation in this area of Kosovo - inhabited by a majority of Serbs - is reported to be calm, but the access to the village of Banjské in the Municipality of Zveçan is still closed by the Kosovo Police.
The attack on the Kosovo Police has been condemned by the United States and the European Union./rel