Moroccan peacekeeper killed in Kosovo car accident

A Moroccan soldier died Thursday when a car with peacekeepers went off the road and fell into the Ibar river in northern Kosovo, NATO-led international forces (KFOR) and media said.

(kosovocompromisestuff) Friday, December 06, 2013

"The soldiers were returning to their headquarters as part of routine troop movements when the accident occurred," KFOR said in a press release, adding "the cause of the accident is currently being investigated".KFOR gave no details of the nationality of the killed soldier, but the media reported that the local health authorities said that he belonged to the Moroccan military contingent within KFOR.The incident occurred on the mountainous road leading from the city of Mitrovica to the border with Serbia, in the northern and ethnically tense area controlled regularly by the international peacekeeping force.Five other Moroccan soldiers in the car were slightly injured or shocked by the accident, health authorities said, adding that they had been taken to Mitrovica hospital.KFOR was launched in Kosovo after the 1998-1999 war between the ethnic Albanian guerrillas with Serbian security forces.NATO have some 5,000 troops deployed in Kosovo.