Kosovo UN police in deadly Iraq row

Two Americans and a Jordanian have been shot dead in Kosovo when emotions over Iraq apparently boiled over into a gun battle between members of the UN law enforcement mission.

    UN force is more used to calming Kosovo's warring communities

    UN police spokesman Neeraj Singh said two US police officers and a Jordanian were killed and 10 Americans and one Austrian wounded in the shooting on Saturday.

    The lethal firefight between fellow members of the UN force was unprecedented in five years of peacekeeping in Kosovo, where police of 30 nations make up the international force of about 3500.

    The 10-minute shootout took place in the UN compound in ethnically divided Mitrovica - a city that is more commonly the scene of clashes between Serbs and Albanians, in which UN police and NATO troops intervene to keep the peace.

    Jordanians arrested

    The deputy head of the Serb hospital in Mitrovica, Milan Ivanovic, said one of the dead was an American woman, who was hit along with four female US police colleagues.
     
    UN police sources said four Jordanian police officers had been arrested in connection with the shooting, but could give no further details on the cause.
     
    A police source said it began with a row over Iraq. Singh said the UN was still investigating the possible motive.
     
    The multinational UN police force is backed by the NATO-led KFOR military mission numbering about 20,000 troops.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Revival: The Muslim Response to the Crusades

    Revival: The Muslim Response to the Crusades

    This part of 'The Crusades: An Arab Perspective' explores the birth of the Muslim revival in the face of the Crusades.

    Going undercover as a sex worker

    Going undercover as a sex worker

    A photojournalist describes how she posed as a prostitute to follow the trade in human flesh.

    Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

    Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

    It's time to change the way we talk and think about Africa.