Serbia is trying to annex northern Kosovo, and the aggressors have been preparing for a long time at Serbian military bases in Serbia, Kosovo Interior Minister Xhelal Sveçla said at a press conference at the police camp in Mitrovica.
"Every day we witness with undeniable facts the connection of Serbia, of Vucic, to the attack on the village of Banjska in Zvecan. This terrorist organization had one goal: annexation of the north of the Republic of Kosovo," Sveçla said.
In addition, the Kosovo minister pointed out that Serbia was attacking Kosovo, the youngest and most democratic state in the region.
"In order to achieve the goal of annexing northern Kosovo, Serbia's institutions organized their military, logistical and financial capacities. Serbia and Aleksandar Vucic have repeatedly tried to say that they had nothing to do with this attack, but the facts we will publish prove the preparation, training, and exercises of this group at Pasuljanske Livade near Jagodina (in Serbia) and at the military training base in Kopaonik. All this footage of the preparations was provided by the terrorist organization's drones that we seized," he emphasized.
Sveçla also underlined that it is necessary and vital that Serbia be condemned and sanctioned by international actors for this terrorist attack, once the evidence has emerged.
On the other hand, Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti shared images of what Swedishla said at the press conference on his social media account.
"The terrorists who carried out the attacks had trained at Pasuljanske Livade, one of the important bases of the Serbian army, about 4 days before the attacks. Other exercises were also held at the Kopaonik base. The attacks took place with the full support and planning of the Serbian state," Kurti said as he shared drone footage obtained from the armed Serbian group.
Tensions in northern Kosovo, which had been ongoing for months, escalated again on the morning of September 24 when a policeman was killed when armed Serbs blocking a road in Banjska, a predominantly Serbian town, opened fire.
Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti announced that a heavily armed group of about 30 people, described as a "professional terrorist / criminal organization", attacked the Kosovo police and held Serbia responsible for the incident.
The armed group, which took refuge in and around the Banjska Monastery, was surrounded by Kosovo police and clashes continued throughout the day in the region.
Kosovo's Interior Minister announced that at least 3 attackers were killed in the operation organised in Banjska and 6 people were detained, including 2 attackers and 4 people who supported the attack with radio connections.
Serbian President Alexander Vucic confirmed that the incident, which resulted in the death of a Kosovo policeman, was carried out by Kosovo Serbs.
Source: Anadolu Agency