Bombs and Bullets: Fear and Loathing in North Kosovo

Andjela Milivojevic Mitrovica, Zvecan, Pristina, Belgrade

A year after the murder of Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic, a slew of gun and bomb attacks in Kosovo’s lawless north remain unsolved.

Oliver Ivanovic gives an interview in Belgrade in 2015. Photo: EPA-EFE/Andrej Cukic

First they blew up his car. They torched his party’s headquarters. Someone broke into his home and threatened his wife. Then they blew up his car again.

“They did everything they could up til now — apart from shoot me,” Oliver Ivanovic, a prominent Kosovo Serb politician, half-joked during a television interview in November 2017.

Almost three months later, at around 8.10 a.m. on January 16, 2018, Ivanovic was walking to his party’s headquarters in the northern Kosovo town of Mitrovica when six shots rang out from a moving vehicle. Hit in the back, he was dead within the hour.

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