Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A New Year!

Wow, it’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone.  It will be interesting to see what 2010 holds for Kosovo.  Two big events will come soon with Kosovo celebrating its second anniversary of declaring independence and March will mark 11 years since the beginning of the NATO bombing campaign that halted the war.

As promised I will try to keep you up-to-date with the happenings in Kosovo even though I am currently stateside :)   So here goes…yesterday an unidentified gunman entered a disco in Peja/Pec and opened fire killing one and injuring three people.  No motive is yet known for the attack on the crowd celebrating the New Year.

Possibly part of the phased drawdown of NATO forces, Slovakia has announced that it will be withdrawing its 139 soldiers from Kosovo leaving only a handful behind to work in intelligence.

A Kosovo-Albanian man who was residing in Finland shot and killed his girlfriend at her home and then four others at a shopping center before committing suicide at his home.  The motive for the attack is not yet known but police believed that the killer selected his victims in advance.  It is reported that Kosovo President Thaci sent condolences to Finnish President Martii Vanhanen.  The killer, identified as Ibrahim Shkupolli reportedly moved to Finland in the 1990′s but was unable to gain Finnish citizenship due to his past criminal record for weapon possession.