MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP) – Serbian media are reporting that a leading Serb politician in northern Kosovo, Oliver Ivanovic, has been shot.
There was no immediate confirmation by the police in Kosovo of the reported incident on Tuesday morning. Reports say unknown assailants opened fire on Ivanovic in front of the offices of his Citizens’ Initiative Party.
Serbia’s state television says that doctors are struggling to save Ivanovic’s life, while Vecernje Novosti daily reported that Ivanovic has died.
The 64-year-old is one of the key politicians in Serb-dominated northern Kosovo, a former Serbian province where tensions remain high a decade after it declared independence.
A Kosovo court convicted Ivanovic of war crimes during the 1998-99 war. That verdict was overturned and a retrial is underway.
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