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Tuesday, April 10, 2012 1:36 pm

Serb police arresting suspects in US Embassy fire

The Associated Press

Serbia's police say they are carrying out raids aimed at arresting at least 14 people accused of setting fire to the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade in 2008 during riots against Kosovo's independence.

Serbia's public prosecutor, Zagorka Dolovac, said police began carrying out the raids Tuesday in several Serbian towns and cities, including Belgrade, the capital, but she did not say how many of the suspects have been taken into custody.

Hundreds of nationalist rioters stormed the embassy on Feb. 21, 2008, to vent their anger over Washington's support for the statehood of the predominantly ethnic Albanian Kosovo, which had declared independence from Serbia.

One suspect in the attack has been tried for taking part in the attack on the embassy during which one rioter died.

(This version CORRECTS APNewsNow. Corrects to "she" in paragraph 2.)