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January 25, 2022

NATO soldiers wounded in Kosovo clashes

A NATO spokesman says two soldiers serving with NATO’s Kosovo Force were wounded Monday during a confrontation with Serb protesters in north Kosovo, according to Voice of America. The violence erupted when NATO troops began removing several earthen roadblocks put in place by the Serbs who reject the authority of the Kosovo government. The ethnic Albanian-dominated Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008.

A KFOR spokesman said the wounded soldiers’ condition is not known. According to other reports, the two injured troops were a German NATO officer and a soldier, ‘Washington Post’ said. The shooting came after months of tensions, following a decision by Kosovo’s authorities to extend their authority in the areas under de-facto Serb rule. For months Serbs have used soil, rock and concrete barriers to block any such moves. NATO has threatened to remove them because it cut off land supply to a military base in the north.

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