July 27, 2011 / 6:15 PM / 9 years ago

Ethnic Serbs set fire to Kosovo border post

BELGRADE, July 27 (Reuters) - Ethnic Serbs set fire to a border crossing post in northern Kosovo on Wednesday after Kosovo’s government said it had regained control of that station and one other, officials said.

Oliver Ivanovic, Serbia’s state secretary for Kosovo, said no one was hurt, but voiced concern about further violence. “One act of violence produces more violence. I am afraid we are entering a spiral of violence,” he told Reuters.

A Kosovo police officer was shot in the head and died on Tuesday in clashes between the police and local Serbs opposing Kosovo’s efforts to take control of its border posts.

The same border post was burned down in 2008 by local Serbs after Kosovo declared independence. (Reporting by Aleksandar Vasovic in Belgrade and Fatos Bytyci in Pristina, writing by Adam Tanner; editing by Elizabeth Fullerton)

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