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Four killed in police clash with armed group May 13, 2010

Posted by Yilan in Macedonia.
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Four members of an armed group have been killed Wednesday morning in a clash with the police in the vicinity of Skopje village Radusa.

The group has tried to transport a large cache of arms in a ‘Mercedes Sprinter’ van. Acting on a tip-off the police set an ambush last night to control vehicles and in an attempt to stop the Mercedes Sprinter fire was opened from the van. The police responded and in the exchange of fire four people were killed, Minister of Interior Gordana Jankuloska  told reporters at the Gjorce Petrov military barracks, where the van and seized arms are being displayed.

She said that two of the killed were Macedonian citizens, while the third one was a Kosovo citizen. The identity of the fourth killed gang member has not been revealed yet, as he had no personal documents. All of them have been known to the police, in particular one who had been sentenced to nine-year imprisonment in absentia.

The operations in Radusa and Blace show that citizens should not be concerned as the police have been in control of the entire territory and posses information relevant for the Macedonia’s security and the safety of citizens, Jankuloska said.

– We have once again sent a clear message that violence may not be tolerated and that we (the police) will respond in the harshest manner to all attempts for jeopardizing the security, safety of citizens, as well as of the police officers, Jankuloska said.

It is also good, she said, that after the police operation in Blace when large quantity of arms was also seized, all political parties in Macedonia, representatives of the international organizations in the country, but also in the neighborhood, condemned such activities, Jankuloska said.



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