Another car torched in Zvecan – this time with BG plates; the police claim the vehicle was registered to RKS

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A Ford Fiesta vehicle owned by an ethnic Serb woman, O.M, was torched last night at approximately 22.00h in downtown Zvecan, the owner herself confirmed for KoSSev. Although both she and her family reiterated several times since last night that the car was registered with Belgrade plates, the Kosovo Police claimed in its daily report that a RKS vehicle was torched in Zvecan last night.

The car owned by professor O.M. from Zvecan was set on fire last night. At the time, it was parked near the Borsalino cafe in the centre of the town – the news was confirmed for KoSSev by a member of her family last night immediately after the arson took place, as well as by the owner herself today.

O.M.’s neighbours, who called the fire department because she is currently not in the country, notified her that her car caught fire around 22.05h on Monday.

„They told me that the car was set on fire,“ she emphasized.

O.M. claims that she tried to reach the Kosovo Police both last night and today on several occasions, but that no one at the station picked up her calls.

According to her, only firefighters who put out the fire came to the scene last night.

Since last night, KoSSev tried to obtain information from the Kosovo Police about the case, but without any success.

The Kosovo Police, however, issued a statement today about a car arson in Zvecan.
They say that they were notified about the case today.

„On November, 8th police received information about the torching of a car with RKS license plates owned by a woman from Kosovo from the Serbian community, residing in the municipality of Zvecan,” KP said.

They added that no one was injured, and that only the vehicle in question sustained material damage.

While the police alleged in its report that the torched car was registered with RKS plates, the owner O.M. claims that her car had Belgrade license plates.

„My car has nothing to do with RKS license plates,“ the owner told KoSSev.

She noted that other vehicles, some of which also had BG plates, were parked near her car.
„I’m in shock, as are the people around me. As far as I’m concerned, there is no reason why anyone would set my car on fire,“ says O.M.

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This is the eleventh car arson case in the north since the beginning of this year.

In late August, a Fiat Punto burnt out in Zvecan, and in early June, an Audi A6 Allroad, owned by M.A., was set on fire. At the beginning of April, the car of a 22-year-old woman in North Mitrovica was set on fire. In the same month, in Zubin Potok, a car with foreign license plates owned by a woman from Kosovo was lit on fire. Also in Zubin Potok, the police received a report that on May 2nd, unknown persons set fire to two tires on a car parked in a private yard.

In the middle of September, a car was set on fire in Leposavic. On September 19th, the police announced that unknown persons had torched a car with Kosovan registration plates.

On the same day, the Kosovo Minister of the Interior, Xhelal Svecla, announced that a Serb, an employee of the Kosovo Police, was attacked by „illegal structures“, that is, that his car with RKS plates was torched – he, however, did not specify where the incident occurred.

The previous case of arson happened around two weeks ago, also in Leposavic, when unknown persons allegedly smashed the windows of a white Skoda vehicle with Belgrade license plates near the technical school in Leposavic. The same car was then torched.

The last cases happened on October 26th and October 27th in Leposavic, when a car owned by a member of the Kosovo Police was set on fire, as well as a vehicle owned by a citizen with the initials N.C. On November 2nd, a Hyundai vehicle was torched in Zubin Potok.

With the exception of a bombing case, as well as at least one car arson during the October 2021 unrests in the north, this is the 62nd case of vehicle arson in Serb-populated areas since 2014. See the full list of car torchings HERE.

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