PRISTINA (AP)--Police in Kosovo Monday appealed for the public's assistance in tracking down the killers of two young Serbs shot over the weekend.
Kai Vittrup, the U.N. police chief said no arrests were made and branded the killing an "isolated tragic incident."
Serbia's Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica blamed the shooting on ethnic Albanians, according to the Beta news agency in Belgrade. He also criticized the U.N. mission in Kosovo for failing to protect the province's dwindling Serb minority, Beta reported.
The shooting occurred late Saturday when four Serbs were traveling on the main road toward southern Kosovo, police said. Another vehicle with three occupants overtook them and opened fire. Two of the victims died on the spot while two others were wounded, police said.
Vittrup seem to contradict Kostunica by saying it was not clear whether the incident was ethnically motivated. However, another senior police official Colin Atkins, said police patrols were increased following the shooting in the areas inhabited by Serbs.
Kosovo has been administered by the U.N. and patrolled by NATO since 1999. Ethnic Albanians have demanded outright independence, while Serbs prefer that it remains part of Serbia. The two communities remain bitterly divided as this province remains disputed over six years since the end of the war.