Dailies report that at least six people were killed, and 12 were arrested on Wednesday after an armed fight between Macedonian police and an armed group in the villages near Tetovo. The action, coded Mountain Storm, was launched on Wednesday morning in the Tetovo Mountains, and, according to the police, the targets of the operation were Ramadan Shiti and Lirim Jakupi who recently fled from Dubrava Prison in Kosovo.
Macedonian Interior Minister Gordana Jankulovska said no police officers were injured during the operation. The armed groups have been disbanded, and special police forces are still in the field. Six people have been killed, 12 were arrested in villages near Tetovo, and four in Çair in Skopje, she said.
The Deputy Interior Minister told Koha Ditore that the operation was a successful coordination between Macedonian police and police forces from Kosovo and KFOR.
Koha Ditore reports that an organisation called The Organisational Political-Military Council of the National Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the conflict in Tetovo, stating that we are protecting the honour of the people.
At the same time, the Albanian National Army (AKSH) issued a press release expressing regret over the attack on Macedonian forces, but denied involvement in the conflict.
Express reports on the front page that the killed during the conflict have not been identified, and that the AKSH has denied its involvement in the conflict. Who is fighting on behalf of Albanians? asks the paper.
Extracted from Local Rags here. Quiet this place isn't.
If Iraq has any ideas about re-arming after us and the septics jump ship, then they might find EVERYTHING they need to start another Iran/Iraq punch up, for the next 15 years in the Balkans, and cheaply.
It seems fairly well known that factories in Russia and several former Eastern-bloc countries are churning out the AK's and RPG etc etc on a daily basis. Are they properly monitored and all factory out-put accounted for?