Kosovo's police say an explosion shook the tense northern town of Mitrovica, just days before the country marks its first independence anniversary. No one was injured. Police spokesman, Besim Hoti says investigators believe unknown assailants tossed a hand grenade late yesterday in an ethnically mixed residential area in the town's northern, Serb-dominated part. The blast caused minor damage. NATO peacekeepers were rushed to secure the site.
Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci has warned earlier against ethnic violence, saying it would "directly threaten" the country's interests.
In a bid to undermine Kosovo's independence, Serb leaders are urging Serbia's government to hold a session in Kosovo on Feb. 17 coinciding with the anniversary.