Explosion destroys U.N. vehicle in Kosovo

An explosion destroyed a United Nations vehicle Tuesday in southeastern Kosovo, according to police report.

The blast occurred shortly after midnight when a bomb placed under the U.N. car exploded in Kacanik, a town some 40 miles southeast of province's capital, Pristina, said police spokesman Refki Morina.

Morina said the vehicle was parked in front of a building where an international police officer was living. The blast caused damage to other cars parked nearby and shattered shop windows. No other details were immediately available.

A similar explosion last month in the nearby town of Urosevac destroyed a U.N. vehicle but caused no injuries.

Kosovo has been administered by the United Nations and patrolled by NATO-led peacekeepers since 1999, following the alliance's bombing of Serb forces demanding them to leave the territory.

Talks on the future of the troubled province are likely to start by the end of the year.

Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority demands full independence, while Serbs insist it remains part of Serbia-Montenegro, the AP reports.

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