MITROVICA, Kosovo – The latest on the shooting of a Serbian politician in Kosovo (all locals):
Doctors say that Serbian politician Oliver Ivanovic received at least five bullet wounds In the upper torso when it is shot by unknown assailants.
Milan Ivanovic, head of the Mitrovica hospital and who is not related to the politician, said on Tuesday that the doctors tried to save Ivanovic but could not do anything.
Unknown assailants opened fire on Ivanovic outside the offices of his political party in an action that will likely stir up tensions in Kosovo almost exactly 10 years after declaring his independence from Serbia.
The region has remained tense despite efforts by EU officials to mediate talks between Serbia and Kosovo's leaders on normalizing ties. Serbia does not recognize the independence of Kosovo.
A Serbian official says the murder in Kosovo of a prominent Serbian politician is a "criminal act of terror" aimed at pushing the volatile region into chaos.
Marko Djuric, official official of the Serbian government that deals with Kosovo, said on Tuesday that "whoever is behind this attack … whether Serbs, Albanians or any other criminal, should be punished."
Djuric adds that attacking Oliver Ivanovic in Mitrovica on the previous Tuesday "is an attempt to push the Serbian people into chaos, to push Serbia into chaos".
Kosovo remains tense, a decade after declaring independence from Serbia in 2008. Serbia does not recognize the division and EU-mediated talks have been underway in an attempt to normalize relations.
Around 10,000 people died in the 1998-99 war between Serbian forces and Albanian rebels in Kosovo.
10:55 a.m.  The government of Kosovo The government has strongly denounced the murder of a prominent Serbian politician in northern Mitrovica and says he considers it a challenge to "the rule of law and the efforts to establish the rule of law throughout the territory of Kosovo. "
The government issued a statement on the Tuesday following the death of Oliver Ivanovic, who was shot in the morning in front of the offices of his Citizens' Initiative party in the northern city of Mitrovica.
"Violence is unacceptable, regardless of where it comes from or who it is targeting," the statement said.
The government also invited all citizens to cooperate and urged law enforcement institutions to seize the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
Serbia's state television says that President Aleksandar Vucic convened a major security meeting after the shooting death in Kosovo of an important Serbian politician.
Vucic will also address the issue on Tuesday morning at 1200 GMT on the death of Oliver Ivanovic, shot dead in the northern Mitrovica of Serbia.
Media reports say unknown assailants opened fire on Ivanovic outside the offices of his Citizens Initiative party in Mitrovica. Ivanovic's lawyer, Nebojsa Vlajic, confirmed that Ivanovic died of injuries suffered in the attack.
The attack is likely to increase ethnic tensions in Kosovo, an old Serbian province that declared independence in 2008.
The lawyer of the prominent Serbian politician in the north of Kosovo Oliver Ivanovic says he has been shot dead.
"Unfortunately, I wish it were not true, but the doctors declared Oliver dead at 9:30 this morning," Nebojsa Vlajic, Ivanovic's lawyer, confessed to The Associated Press by telephone.
Serbian media reported that unknown assailants opened fire on Ivanovic in front of the offices of his Citizens & Initiative Party.
The 64-year-old man was one of the key politicians in northern Kosovo, dominated by the Serbs, a former Serbian province where tensions remain high a decade after he declared himself independent. 19659002] A Kosovo court convicted Ivanovic of war crimes during the 1998-99 war. That verdict was annulled and a new trial was held.
Serbian media reports that a prominent Serbian politician in northern Kosovo, Oliver Ivanovic, was shot.
There was a shooting there is no immediate confirmation by the police in Kosovo of the incident reported on Tuesday morning. Reports say unknown assailants opened fire on Ivanovic in front of the offices of his Citizens & Initiative Party.
Serbia's state television says doctors are fighting to save Ivanovic's life, while the daily Vecernje Novosti reported that Ivanovic died.
The 64-year-old politician is one of the key politicians in northern Kosovo, a former Serbian province where tensions remain high a decade after he declared himself independent.
A Kosovo court convicted Ivanovic of war crimes during the 1998-99 war. That verdict was annulled and a new trial is underway.
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