FEBRUARY 21 2008 22:02h

Blast at UN Court in Tense Kosovo Town: Police




½Nobody was hurt, but material damage occurred,½ Besim Hoti told AFP.

An explosive device went off late Thursday outside a UN-run court in the Serb-populated section of the northern Kosovo town of Mitrovica, a police spokesman said.

"At 8:30 pm (1930 GMT), an explosive device was thrown at the building where the UN court is located," Besim Hoti told AFP. "Nobody was hurt, but material damage occurred," he said, adding a police investigation was underway.

Some 100 Serbs gathered outside the same court on Thursday morning to protest against the presence of the United Nations, according to police who said they were dispersed by special UN police units.

Earlier, police said the court had been stoned overnight between Wednesday and Thursday.
The divided town, where 20,000 Serbs live in the north and 80,000 ethnic Albanians in the south, symbolises the tensions of Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia on Sunday.
The attack was the fourth of its kind in Mitrovica this week.