Pristina arrests Serbian official; "Vucic calls Putin"

Members of the intervention unit of Kosovo police detained in Kosovska Mitrovica on Monday Marko Djuric.

Sirens were sounded in the town, as the incidents unfolded.

According to media reports late on Monday, Djuric, who heads Serbian Government's Office for Kosovo and Metohija, was taken to Pristina. Kosovo-based media have also published photographs of Djuric in custody in an armored vehicle.

Previously, members of the Kosovo police, armed with rifles, threw stun grenades in front of the Mitrovica Palace in an attempt to disperse the Serbs who would not let them enter the premises. Video footage from this then shows special police taking one person out, and pushing them into a vehicle.

Media reports are saying that a number of Serbs have been injured, while RTS said one of their cameramen has been hurt as well.

Beta agency is reporting that shots were heard fired when the police stormed the Mitrovica Palace, along with breaking glass and shouts in Albanian. Tear gas was also thrown into the building's room where political representatives of Serbs in Kosovo and MEtohija had gathered.

Tanjug's reporter from the scene said that Djuric's associate Zeljko Jovic was also detained. According to some unconfirmed information, Serbian president's general secretary Nikola Selakovic has also been detained, but his whereabouts are at this time unkknown.

In Belgrade, President Vucic convened an urgent meeting of the Council for National Security for 19:30 hours on Monday. According to media reports, shortly after the news of Djuric's arrest reached him, Vucic spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone. However, Vucic neither confirmed nor denied this.

According to reports, he also spoke, on the phone, with EU's Federica Mogherini, who later confirmed it on Twitter.

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