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Bomb Blast In Serb Cathedral

The cycle of violence and revenge continues in Kosovo. Early Sunday, a bomb rocked a new Serbian Orthodox cathedral in the capital of Pristina.

Four to six charges went off causing structural damage to the building which is still under construction. There were no casualties.

The blast came just hours after British Prime Minister Tony Blair visited Pristina, urging peace and trust on all sides.

If such actions aren't stopped, ethnic Albanian rebel leader Hashim Thaci warned, Â"We will defend our honor.Â"

The church blast came against a backdrop of frequent attacks on minority Serbs in Kosovo, where violence has continued despite the presence of more than 35,000 NATO troops.

Ethnic Albanians in Kosovo have been seeking revenge for forced removals, house burnings and killings at the hands of Serbs, which prompted NATO's 78-day bombing campaign this spring.

The blast was heard throughout Pristina, setting off car alarms and sending a large cloud of smoke and dust into the air.

British explosives experts were at the site, some four blocks from the site of the KFOR peacekeeping force's headquarters.

Capt. Stefan Eder, a KFOR spokesman, said officials did not know who was behind the blast.

Barely 12 hours before the explosion, Blair had reportedly assured Kosovo Serb representatives pleading for protection that KFOR would do its best to ensure the safety of all sides.

Momcilo Trajkovic said he had an Â"open and directÂ" discussion with Blair, to whom Â"we conveyed the protest of the Serb community, which is now in a catastrophic situation.Â"

Â"Unless the murders, rapes, looting and burning do not stop soon, all his pledges for a multiethnic Kosovo will come to nothing,Â" Trajkovic said he told the British premier.

Blair received a hero's welcome from ethnic Albanians who cheered his appearance in Pristina on Saturday. He was the third top Western official in the last 10 days to visit Kosovo, following German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

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