Kosovo police are investigating who threw an explosive device at the electricity distribution facility in the Serb-majority municipality of North Mitrovica, causing an outage for several hours.
An explosive device was thrown on Thursday night at the electricity distribution facility in north Mitrovica, in the Serb-majority north of Kosovo, police confirmed.
“It is suspected that a hand explosive device caused the explosion at the electro-distributor,” Mitrovica’s Chief Prosecutor, Ismet Ujkani, told BIRN, adding that the attack was committed by “unknown individuals”.
The explosion occurred on Thursday around 10:40pm. Media reported that most of the city had no electricity until the morning due to the attack.
The regional director of Kosovo Police in Mitrovica, Besim Hoti, told Kosovo media Koha that there were no reports of injured individuals. The police suspect the device was thrown on purpose
“There was a fire in the substation; at first it was believed it was due to the high voltage but after investigating it, it was clear that there was an attack,” Hoti told Koha.
He added that several vehicles close to the electricity distribution facility had also been damaged.
Kosovo Public Broadcaster, Radio Television of Kosovo, RTK, reported that three criminal cases have been opened related to this incident.
The electricity distributor is managed by Elektrokosmet, a Serbian company operating within the Serbian state-run energy company, Elektroprivreda Srbije, which is not operating in accordance with Kosovo’s legal framework.
Based on a June 21 agreement between Kosovo and Serbia, serving as a “road map” to implement the 2013 and 2015 energy agreements, the competencies of Electrokosmet will be given to the company Drustvo Elektrosever, another subsidiary in Kosovo of the Serbian state-run energy company.
Drustvo Elektrosever will obtain a licence from the Kosovo Energy Regulatory Office, ERO, follow the Kosovo legal framework, and will provide distribution services and also bill consumers, for the first time since the end of the Kosovo war in 1999.
The goal is to solve the problem of how consumers in Serb-majority municipalities in northern Kosovo pay for their energy. The situation has not been resolved since the end of the Kosovo war in 1999, and Serbs in the area currently do not pay for their power because they do not recognise Kosovo’s institutions.
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