Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Children injured in Mitrovica bomb attack stable

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA
– A boy and a girl, who were wounded on Monday evening when an unidentified individual threw an explosive device at a Serb house in Kosovska Mitrovica, are out of mortal danger and their condition is stable on Tuesday morning. Radimir Jankovic, head of the Kosovska Mitrovica healthcare center, told Tanjug that the children do not need surgical interventions. Jankovic said that the Kosovska Mitrovica hospital will be able to offer full treatment to the children so that there is no need to transport them to any other healthcare center.

 “The children are out of mortal danger and completely stable,” Jankovic said. X-ray examinations are underway, Jankovic said, adding that small pieces of shrapnel injured the boy's neck blood vessels. Two Serb children aged three and nine were wounded in a blast in Kosovska Mitrovica late on Monday when an unidentified individual threw an explosive device at a Serb house in the Bosniak Mahala, one of the mixed quarters in Kosovska Mitrovica which is a home to both Serbs and Albanians. The police carried out a preliminary investigation at the scene. ----------------

 Dacic fiercely condemns bomb attack in Mitrovica
 BELGRADE – Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic condemned in the strongest terms a bomb attack on a Serb house in Kosovska Mitrovica on Monday evening that left two children injured, stressing that the international forces have the obligation to guarantee security to all. "This and similar attacks are endangering peace in Kosovo and Metohija to which Serbia is utterly dedicated, and the international forces should contribute so that this peace is maintained and safety of all who live in Kosovo and Metohija secured," Dacic told Tanjug. Stressing that the perpetrators have to be identified as soon as possible, the prime minister said that this and similar events are making the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue more difficult. “For this reason, I again urge the international forces to do their job, bring perpetrators to justice, and secure conditions for peaceful coexistence in Kosovo-Metohija,” Dacic said. Two Serb children were wounded in a blast in Kosovska Mitrovica late on Monday when an unidentified individual threw an explosive device at a Serb house in the Bosniak Mahala, one of the mixed quarters in Kosovska Mitrovica which is a home to both Serbs and Albanians.The children aged three and nine suffered shrapnel injuries to their heads and necks and are out of mortal danger for now. They are hospitalized in the Kosovska Mitrovica healthcare center. -------------- 

 Vulin demands perpetrators are found and punished 
 BELGRADE – Head of the Serbian government's Office for Kosovo-Metohija (KiM) Aleksandar Vulin has urged the international community to adopt a position on Monday's bomb attack in Kosovska Mitrovica that left two children wounded and to find the perpetrators. Vulin said that last night's terrorist attack against a working-class family resulted in a boy three years old and a girl 10 years old getting wounded in the blast. “The boy has two pieces of shrapnel in his neck and we are fighting for his life, while the girl was slightly injured,” Vulin told Tanjug. He called on the international community to assume responsibility in accordance with its powers, which are not at all negligible, and help find the truth and punish the perpetrators. Vulin also urged the international community to stop treating Serbs as second-rate citizens. “I am seeking from the international community to stop issuing clever statements and to finally say who the perpetrators of such monstrous acts are, to point to those who are trying to do away with the Serbian past by plowing graves and to kill the Serbian future by throwing grenades on children,” said Vulin. 

 The KiM Office head called on the Serbs in KiM to stay calm. The two Serb children got injured after an unknown attacker throw an explosive device at the home of Sneza and Steva Vucetic in a neighborhood in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, inhabited by both Serbs and ethnic Albanians, last night. ---------------------

 EULEX, KFOR should investigate attack on children Coordinator of the Serbian government's Office for Kosovo-Metohija (KiM) Zlata Radovanovic has urged KFOR and EULEX to investigate Monday's bomb attack that injured two Serb children in the northern Kosovo city of Kosovska Mitrovica and to ensure the safety of citizens in KiM. A three-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl were wounded when an unknown person threw an explosive device at their parent's house in Bosnjacka Mahala, a neighborhood in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, inhabited by both Serbs and ethnic Albanians. Radovanovic visited the children at a Kosovska Mitrovica hospital they were taken to after the attack late on Monday.

She sharply condemned the terrorist attack and urged the commander of KFOR and EULEX chief to come to the Mitrovica north, investigate the case and ensure the safety of citizens. Radovanovic also urged the local Serbs to keep their calm and composure in order to be able to survive in the region. “The Serbian government is ready to provide a helicopter to make sure the children get a proper medical protection as soon as possible,” Radovanovic said. She said that transportation will be provided when the doctors in charge estimate it is necessary for the children's health and safety. She urged the international community to condemn the attack on the children and for the first time really do something to prevent such incidents from happening again and make sure no more children get hurt in the future. -------------------------------------

 Pantic urges KFOR, EULEX withdrawal from Kosovo
 Kosovska Mitrovica Mayor Krstimir Pantic has stated that KFOR and EULEX are behind a bomb attack on a Serb house in Kosovska Mitrovica on Monday evening that left two children injured, and urged the locals to cease all communication with the members of these missions. “I call on all citizens of Kosovska Mitrovica to cease any kind of communication with members of the occupation forces, and I request on the behalf of the municipality of Kosovska Mitrovica that the occupation forces leave the north of the province immediately,” Pantic said in a statement.

 “The greatest responsibility is with the commander of KFOR and the EULEX mission chief, without whose knowledge and consent this terrorist attack would not have happened," Pantic stated. “It turns out that we were right when we said that in future in line with the Geneva Convention we will rely on members of the Civil Protection who have to be armed and defend their people from ethnic Albanian terrorists and occupation forces,” Pantic said in a statement.

 Two Serb children were wounded in a blast in Kosovska Mitrovica late on Monday when an unidentified individual threw an explosive device at a Serb house in the Bosniak Mahala, one of the mixed quarters in Kosovska Mitrovica which is a home to both Serbs and Albanians.The children aged three and nine suffered shrapnel injuries to their heads and necks and are out of mortal danger. They are hospitalized in the Kosovska Mitrovica healthcare center.

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