Serbs charged with terrorism for Kosovo violence: police

PRISTINA - Kosovo police said Wednesday they had laid terrorism charges against 21 Serbs accused of torching two border posts in protest at Kosovo's declaration of independence from Belgrade.

"Criminal charges against the suspects were brought to the prosecutor because there is a reliable suspicion that the suspects have committed the criminal act of terrorism," the police said in the statement.

The suspects, whose identity was not revealed, were charged in connection with arson attacks on two posts on the Kosovo-Serbia boundary.

Ethnic Albanian-majority Kosovo proclaimed independence from Serbia on February 17 and has since been recognised by nearly 40 countries, including the United States, Britain, France, Italy and Germany.

Backed by its traditional ally Russia, Serbia has rejected the move as illegal.

Kosovo has been under UN administration since the end of 1998-1999 conflict between Serbian armed forces and ethnic Albanian separatists.

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04/16/2008 14:47 GMT

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