Police officers guard a scene where unknown assailants opened fire on Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic in front of his office in the northern, Serb-dominated part of Mitrovica, Kosovo, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Bojan Slavkovic)
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Leading Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic was killed in a brazen drive-by shooting Tuesday that could reignite ethnic tensions in the region.An EU-backed Kosovo court sentenced Ivanovic in 2015 to a nine-year jail term after it found him guilty of encouraging the killings of captured ethnic Albanian civilians in Kosovska Mitrovica in April 1999 .A former Serbian state secretary for Kosovo, Ivanovic was a key interlocutor with NATO, the United Nations and later the European Union after the war and was seen as backing dialogue with Kosovo's ethnic Albanians.Ivanovic, who graduated in both mechanics and economics, was a rare Kosovo Serb politician in that he spoke Albanian and had publicly spoken out against Belgrade's policies in Kosovo.About 120,000 of Kosovo's 1.8 million inhabitants are ethnic Serbs.
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