Kosovo police up security ahead of Clinton visit

PRISTINA, Kosovo — Police in Kosovo say they have upped security measures ahead of former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s arrival in the capital Pristina where he is to unveil an 11-foot (3.5-meter) statue of himself.

Kosovo police spokesman Baki Kelani says more traffic police and special police units have been deployed to provide security during Clinton’s visit on Sunday. He did not give specific details.

Police placed steel barriers at the site where the statue is to be unveiled. Thousands of people are expected to flock into the capital to welcome Clinton, who is considered a hero for launching NATO’s bombing campaign against Yugoslavia in 1999.

The alliance’s 78-day air war forced Serb troops out of Kosovo, paving the way for Kosovo’s secession.