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Russians, Germans under fire

PRISTINA, May 31, 2000 -- (AFP) Russian and German soldiers with the KFOR peacekeeping force in Kosovo came under anti-tank, machine gun and automatic fire Tuesday, a KFOR spokesman said.

No one was wounded in the attack near the village Ostrozup in the east of the province. There was no immediate indication of who the attackers were.

Russian soldiers are the frequent targets of Kosovo ethnic Albanians who believe the Russians support the Serbian ruling power in Belgrade.

The attacks have stepped since an ethnic Albanian former guerrilla leader was injured in an altercation with a Russian soldier last week.

They are thought to have been a retaliation after Ramush Haradinaj, a former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), was slightly injured in a scuffle with a Russian who had arrested him for illegal possession of arms.

Two Russians have been killed since the start of the peacekeeping operation last June.



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