Dispute, not terrorism, blamed in Kosovo blast
A personal dispute, rather than terrorism, is apparently what led to an explosion in southern Kosovo over the weekend that injured seven people, a KFOR spokesman said Tuesday.
The incident occurred late Sunday in the town of Prizren, where the NATO-led Kosovo Force has a regional headquarters. While KFOR military officials are assisting in the investigation, the local police have taken the lead, said Turkish army Maj. Vedat Yumsak, a spokesman for Multi-National Task Force – South.
“It had nothing to do with terrorism,” Yumsak said in a telephone interview from Prizren. “It was a domestic explosion.”
The volatile dispute occurred in an establishment identified a few different ways in news reports, from cafe to restaurant to nightclub. But local authorities believe the establishment was as much a brothel as anything else, said Yumsak, confirming several press reports.
There is no indication KFOR was a target in any way, he added.
U.S. forces in Kosovo are concentrated northeast of Prizren in a different sector, where “things have been primarily peaceful,” said Army Lt. Col. Rex Johnson, a spokesman for MNTF-East. Organized crime is the main law enforcement concern, he added.
The next significant event facing KFOR is the Dec. 10 deadline for negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo regarding the latter’s desire for independence. The talks, mediated by Russia, the United States and the European Union, have raised concerns of possible unrest should negotiations break down. Kosovo has been a U.N. protectorate since the 1999 NATO-led bombing campaign that halted fighting between Serbia and Albanian separatists.