09.04.2004 General News

Arrests in killings of Ghanaian Cop In Kosovo

09.04.2004 LISTEN

UNITED NATIONS, April 8 -- U.N. Kosovo mission police have arrested four more people in connection with the killing of two police officers last month in the troubled Serbian province.

A spokesman at U.N. headquarters in New York said Thursday the arrests bring to seven the total number of suspects arrested over the killings. The suspects were identified as ethnic Albanians.

Spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters the slain police officers -- one from Ghana and one from the Kosovo Police Service -- had been conducting routine work in a marked U.N. car near Podujevo, in the Pristina region, March 23 when they were shot. A U.N. language assistant was also shot but survived the attack.

The cop-killings occurred less than a week after the province suffered its worst violence since the U.N. Interim Mission in Kosovo assumed control almost five years ago. Nineteen people were killed, hundreds of other people were injured and many homes and religious buildings were destroyed or damaged in the ethnic clashes.

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