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Kosovo Leaders Condemn Explosion Outside Parliament

Kosovo leaders have denounced the explosive device, that detonated in the parliament's parking lot on Thursday night, as an attempt to destabilise the country.

Dia Morina
BIRN
Pristina
Photo by: Erkin Keçi Anadolu Agency

The speaker of Kosovo's parliament, Kadri Veseli, said the explosive device detonated in the parking lot of parliament late on Thursday evening was a criminal attack with elements of terrorism, directed against the institutions and people of Kosovo.

"I invite all political forces in the country to distance themselves clearly from such actions that want to destabilize the country and motivate even more those who are against the state of Kosovo," Veseli said on Friday.

No casualties were reported and the authorities stated it caused only some material damage to the building Kosovo Police spokesperson, Daut Hoxha said.

After the explosion, Hashim Thaci, the President, wrote on Facebook that violence should have no place in Kosovo.

"Violence brings fear, fear brings hatred, and hatred then brings more violence. We can disagree about many things, but one about which everyone should agree is that violence should have no place in our Kosovo," the President wrote.

Isa Mustafa, Prime Minister, called on rule-of-law institutions to investigate the case and urged people to offer them help.

“The attack against the Assembly building... is an attack on our independence. The Assembly is the highest legislative body, a symbol of our state and democratic order. No one is permitted to terrorize the institutions of our state,” Mustafa wrote on Facebook.

The area around the parliament was blocked by the police for four hours during Thursday night. According to reports, the perpetrators fled the scene on a motorcycle that was later found incinerated at the Taukbahce park outside the city centre.

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