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Saturday, January 30, 1999 Published at 12:53 GMT


World: Europe

More violence in Kosovo

Civilians are still fleeing fighting between Serbs and the KLA

As the UK foreign secretary delivers an ultimatum to both sides involved in the Kosovo conflict, violence in the province shows no sign of abating.

The Serbian Media Centre reported on Saturday that a Serbian man was killed and his wife seriously injured when a home-made bomb was thrown into his home in the village of Rakos, in northern Kosovo.

Kosovo Section
The bombing followed two explosions in the provincial capital, Pristina, on Friday night.

One bomb was thrown into a Serb-owned cafe in the city centre, injuring seven people.

Another bomb went off on the outskirts of the city, breaking windows but not causing any injuries.

Police said the separatist Kosovo Liberation Army had claimed responsibility for the explosion at the cafe.

Uncertainty over Rugovo killings

There are also claims and counter-claims over the shooting of 24 people in the village of Rugovo, in western Kosovo.

Ethnic Albanian sources have described the killings as a massacre, but Serbs say the deaths came during a clash with the KLA which followed the killing of a police officer by the rebels.

International monitors who travelled to the village initially cast doubt on the Serb version of events, pointing out that many of the dead were in civilian clothes.

But television pictures of the incident show men wearing KLA badges or carrying KLA identity cards.

The incident was the largest number of people to be killed in a single incident in Kosovo since the massacre of 45 people in the village of Racak two weeks ago.

The deputy chief of the monitors, described the Rogovo deaths as "another heavy blow to our efforts" to set the stage for peace talks.

British General Karol Drewienkiewicz said five of the dead were older men "in peasant dress" and said the local KLA commander said he had only four armed guerrillas in the village.



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