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Blast Rocks Serb Protest in Kosovo


Kosovo police say an explosion during a protest by ethnic Serbs has wounded about a dozen people in an ethnically divided town. The cause of the blast was not immediately clear.

Officials say Friday's demonstration was called to protest the opening of a Kosovo government office in Mitrovica.

The town remains deeply spit and is fraught with tension between Serbs and ethnic Albanians, more than two years after Kosovo declared independence from Serbia.

The United States is a key supporter of Kosovo's independence, and has maintained a peacekeeping force of more than 1,400 troops there since the country's declaration of independence.

The U.S. detachment is part of a 10,000-strong NATO-EU force that along with some 2,000 police, judges and prosecutors are deployed in Kosovo to help the country develop democratic institutions.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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