UN probes Kosovo police for bomb attack.

UNMIK police are investigating the possible involvement of Kosovo Police Service in last week’s blast that killed two.

"The UN police seized seven police vehicles from a station in the southern town of Uroševac for examination, after witnesses reported seeing police vehicles at the scene before the blast in the early hours of September 24;" Reuters quoted KPS spokesman Veton Elshani on Monday.

He added he could not rule out the possibility that the explosion, which tore through shops and cafes in the capital Priština killing two people and injuring nine, was "linked to the murder in August of Kosovo police officer Triumf Riza."

"We will return the vehicles soon, and we might take other cars from other stations," said Elshani. "It could be linked to the Riza murder. We do not exclude anything, or any link."

Police originally said the bomb attack was criminally motivated. Local media reported the target was Envor Sekiraqa, a gang leader suspected of involvement in the murder of Riza, who was gunned down on August 30 in Priština. Sekiraqa was not among the bomb victims.

Reuters writes that, if the KPS police involvement were confirmed it would come as a blow to the credibility of the force, hailed by the UN mission in Kosovo as one of the major success stories in the territory since the 1998-99 war.

A UNMIK police spokeswoman said she had no further details on the investigation, and the UN mission. mission also had no comment.

[Source: Reuters, Pristina, 01Oct07]

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