1 detained for attacks on Albanian shops in Serbia

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Posted: Oct 17, 2014 6:48 AM
1 detained for attacks on Albanian shops in Serbia

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian police say they have detained one person suspected in a spate of attacks on Albanian-owned businesses in northern Serbia after a soccer brawl this week at a game between Serbia and Albania.

Police said Friday they are searching for other suspects involved in several attacks on bakeries, fast-food stands and other businesses owned by the country's minority ethnic Albanians. Senior official Aleksandar Nikolic says the attacks "will not be tolerated."

Serbia has a history of hooligan violence. Tuesday's European Championship qualifier was suspended after a drone flew an Albanian banner over a soccer stadium in Belgrade, igniting a clash on the field.

The banner incident triggered a diplomatic row between the two Balkan rivals, who disagree over the independence of Kosovo, a former Serbian province of mostly ethnic Albanians.