PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro (AP) - Police said Thursday they had arrested two ethnic Albanian youths for allegedly stabbing a Serb in an ethnically tense town in Kosovo.
The two suspects, both under 18, were in police custody. The U.N. police commissioner in Kosovo, Kai Vittrup, said they had confessed to the crime.
A 19-year-old Serb, who survived, was stabbed with a knife Tuesday in Kosovska Mitrovica, which is divided between an ethnic Albanian south and a Serb-dominated north. A few hundred Serbs took to the streets to protest the incident.
Vittrup said, however, that "there isn't any ethnic background for this attack." According to preliminary investigation, the stabbing occurred when the suspects and the victim began fighting after an argument, Kosovo police official Maj. Latif Merovci said.
Kosovo, formally still part of Serbia-Montenegro, has been under U.N. administrative control since mid-1999, when NATO halted Serb forces' crackdown on ethnic Albanian separatists.