PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro, April 22, 2006 (AFP) -
Two ethnic Albanians were killed and eight were injured on Saturday in a shoot-out over a disputed house in a town in Kosovo, officials said.
"The conflict between two groups erupted over property rights of a house" in the town of Stimlje, some 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of Pristina, said Ibrahim Demiri, spokesman of a local council.
A buyer, accompanied by several people, was trying to enter his new property when illegal occupants of the house opened fire on them, Demiri explained.
One of the murdered was Vezir Bajrami, deputy mayor of Stimlje, whose brother had bought the house.
Bajrami was a member of the opposition Democratic party of Kosovo (DPK) but officials ruled out any political dimension to the incident.
Police said three of eight injured in the shoot-out had suffered serious wounds.
Demiri said several children who were on their way to school were slightly injured.
Kosovo, a southern Serbian province, has been run by the United Nations and NATO since June 1999, after NATO air attacks drove out forces loyal to the late Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic over a crackdown against separatist Albanian rebels.