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Dozens of Kosovo Albanians and Serbs became involved in a fight in the Serb enclave of Gracanica on Wednesday after a bus of returning football fans halted in traffic in the town.
Kosovo Police said the incident started around 4.50pm after a bus full of Pristina Football Club fans returned from a match in Gjilan.
The mayor of Gracanica, Bojan Stojanovic, told Balkan Insight that video footage showed the incident occurred when Albanian hooligans from the bus attacked the local Serbs on the street at the time.
He said that one Kosovo Serb, official from the municipality was injured. He said two people were arrested. Stojanovic condemned the violence and called for restraint.
One eyewitness, Florent Ahmeti, told Balkan Insight the fight started when the bus transporting the Pristina fans stopped in downtown Gracanica, waiting in a traffic queue.
“It was like in the movies! You had dozens of people fighting at once, it was horrible,” Ahmeti said.
Kosovo police spokesperson Baki Kelani told Balkan Insight only that an accident occured in Gracanica, which then resulted in a mass fight. Kosovo police could not say whether anyone was injured.
According to some reports the police have found three knives at the scene.
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