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Attack on Kosovo's Prime Minister Home

world Updated: Jun 07, 2008 15:55 IST

Police say armed assailants have attacked the home of Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci. They say Thaci's security guards exchanged fire with the assailants, injuring at least one assailant.

The guards spotted one person trying to break into the two-story house from the balcony of the top floor. Thaci was away on a private visit at the time of the attack late Friday, but his wife and son were in the house.

Thaci's residence is in a suburb of Kosovo's capital Pristina that contains most of the embassies and diplomatic residences.

Relations between ethnic Albanian political parties in Kosovo have been marked by tensions and bitter rivalry. Thaci heads an uneasy coalition government forged with the party of late pacifist President Ibrahim Rugova, his one-time main rival.

He is also at odds with former rebel commander Ramush Haradinaj who was recently acquitted by the UN tribunal of war crimes charges and has returned to Kosovo to lead his party, now in opposition.