Kosovo police clash with protesters in divided town

by Reuters
Sunday, 22 June 2014 14:37 GMT

MITROVICA, Kosovo, June 22 (Reuters) - Kosovo Albanians burned cars and threw rocks at police in the ethnically-divided town of Mitrovica on Sunday and police responded with tear gas, a Reuters reporter said.

The violence broke out during a protest by several hundred Albanians over the blockage of a bridge between the two sides of the town, a frequent flashpoint between Serbs and Albanians since Kosovo's 1998-99 war.

The Kosovo police were supported by lines of Polish police, part of a European Union mission, and U.S. soldiers of NATO's 5,000-strong peace force in the Balkan country, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008. (Reporting by Fatois Bytyci; Writing by Matt Robinson; Editing by Janet Lawrence)