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Serbian troops on 'combat alert' after arrests by Kosovo police

Serbia put its troops on "combat alert" after heavily armed Kosovo police entered Serb-populated regions and made nearly two dozen arrests over alleged corruption on Tuesday.

Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj confirmed the police action, saying on Twitter an "anti-smuggling and organised crime operation" was under way in northern Kosovo, which declared independence from Belgrade in 2008 after a bloody 1998-99 war that ended only after NATO intervention.

Serbia does not recognise Kosovo's 2008 independence declaration.

Serbian state TV reported shots were heard and tear gas was fired as Kosovo's special police "burst" into several northern villages and the town Mitrovica with armoured vehicles early in the morning.

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