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Police die in Macedonia clashes

Published 10/05/2015

Macedonian special forces stop a vehicle amid clashes involving the police and an armed group (AP)
Macedonian special forces stop a vehicle amid clashes involving the police and an armed group (AP)

Eight police officers and 14 alleged members of an armed group have been killed in fighting in Macedonia, officials say.

Another police officers have been wounded in the clashes that started on Saturday in the northern town of Kumanovo.

Police have found bodies of 14 people believed to be members of the armed group. Some of the killed wore uniforms with insignia of the disbanded ethnic Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army, or UCK. No identification documents were found on the dead.

Officials said the police operation is over and "one of the most dangerous terrorists groups in the Balkan has been neutralised".

They named five leaders of the 44 member group, all citizens of Kosovo, as founders of paramilitary structures.

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