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U.S. peacekeepers in Kosovo helped provide medical attention and conducted weapons sweeps following last week’s shooting at the Kosovska Mitrovica jail.

On April 17, a Jordanian police officer opened fired on a convoy of U.S. corrections officers assigned to the U.N. mission in Kosovo.

The attack, which began about 3 p.m., lasted about 10 minutes, officials said. When it was over, two female officers from the United States and one Jordanian were among the dead.

Of the 11 Americans and one Austrian who were wounded, six U.S. corrections officers were flown to Camp Bondsteel. Initially, one was in critical condition, one was in guarded condition and two others were stable, U.S. officials said.

By Sunday evening, all 11 U.S. officers underwent treatment at Bondsteel, said Staff Sgt. Michael Houk, a spokesman for the U.S. Army in Kosovo.

Task Force Medical Falcon, the unit manning the U.S. hospital, is comprised of National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers from 17 states, most of whom hold medical jobs in their civilian lives, said Col. Donald Harris, the hospital commander.

Camp Bondsteel’s clinic is the only U.S. facility in the province capable of handling that level of emergency, Harris said. While intended for medical support for U.S. and NATO troops, the hospital also helps federal employees and Americans working for nongovernmental organizations. Five other U.N. officers wounded in the shooting were treated at military and civilian hospitals near Kosovska Mitrovica before heading to Bondsteel.

By Wednesday, all the injured had left Camp Bondsteel, Houk said. Some returned to duty, while one critically injured officer was sent home, he said.

Meanwhile, U.N. investigators continue their investigation into the shooting.

U.N. officials told reporters Wednesday that they are also continuing to investigate the mid-March violence that swept across the province. Police have arrested 260 suspects, and international prosecutors already have more than 40 cases related to the riots. Local prosecutors have about 120 more cases.

Also last weekend, U.S. troops swept through Firaja, in Kosovo’s southern region, on the lookout for illegal weapons and ammunition.

The daylong operation was launched in response to the March 17 riots, in which two Serbs from the neighboring village of Drajkovce were killed.

“We focused on Firaja for this operation because of the information we obtained concerning the recent murders,” said Brig. Gen. Rick Erlandson, the U.S. commander. “However, operations like these will be ongoing throughout our area of responsibility.”


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