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Kosovo PM attacked by Serb mob

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Rexhepi was evacuated to the southern part of the town.

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(CNN) -- Kosovo's ethnic Albanian prime minister and an international delegation have been assaulted by Serbs in the restive Kosovo town of Mitrovica, a U.N. spokesman tells CNN.

A few dozen Serbs threw stones and bricks at a restaurant where Bajram Rexhepi, who is ethnic Albanian, and representatives of the World Bank, were having lunch Saturday, said Gyorgy Kakuk, a spokesman for the Mitrovica region of U.N. Mission in Kosovo.

The prime minister came unannounced to the restaurant, in a predominantly Serbian part of the city, and sat with the delegates.

The prime minister's presence drew the attention of people outside the restaurant and is thought to have enraged the Serbs, who widely dislike him.

The officials slipped out of the restaurant as the pelting escalated.

Rexhepi escaped uninjured, and the international officials were attacked again by a larger mob, numbering around 150, at a north Mitrovica hospital yard.

One member of the delegation was hurt, and no arrests have been made. Two police cars were burned and a U.N. bus was damaged.

Observers say the incident reflects the tense relations between Serbs and Albanians in Mitrovica.

The United Nations and NATO have been in charge of Kosovo since NATO's 1999 air war against Serb-dominated Yugoslavia, who launched a campaign to oppress and drive out ethnic Albanians from Kosovo.

Kosovo at the time of the war had been a province in the Yugoslav republic of Serbia. It is now a nominally autonomous province in Serbia and Montenegro, Yugoslavia's new name.

Also, the U.S. Army said Saturday that a U.S. peacekeeper, Sgt. Daryl Brooks, was found dead at a U.S. military base in eastern Kosovo.

Brooks, 43, of Philadelphia, was found dead of a gunshot wound Thursday in a concrete bunker.


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