Macedonia: Group of 70 terrorists is eliminated as a threat – report

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Photo from: Novosti.rs

KUMANOVO – As stated by reporters from the scene, a group of 70 terrorists is eliminated as a threat. Macedonian media report that 27 of them surrendered carrying white sheets, and the rest of the group is killed.

Photo from: Novosti.rs
Photo from: Novosti.rs

Earlier today special police units in armored vehicles have locked down a suburb of Kumanovo, some 40 kilometers north of the capital of Macedonia, Skopje. There were reports of a gunfire early on May 9 in the mainly ethnic Albanian city and unconfirmed reports of injuries, including at least 20 police officers.

Macedonian police announced that in Kumanovo is a terrorist group that came from “abroad”, reports Plusinfo.

They are a well-trained and well armed group of Albanians, as reported by some Macedonian media. PR of Macedonian Interior Ministry said that police was attacked with bombs and snipers.

In the police action against the group, which, according to a police estimate includes more than 50 people, 20 policemen and civilians were wounded, some of them, with serious injuries, were transported to the hospital in Skopje.

It has been confirmed that three policemen died in the hospital, although the exact number of victims is still not known.

According to unconfirmed information, members of the terrorist group are wearing UCK (KLA – Kosovo Liberation Army) uniforms, and they are trying to break through to the city center.

The clashes followed the appearance of armed groups in the hills around Kumanovo.

Albanian media quoted a statement of the so-called “National Liberation Army” (NLA), which claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying that the army and police carried out “terror against civilians” and announced even fiercer attacks on the security forces of Macedonia.

“We will continue to attack the police and the army without mercy. We will fight to the end to unite territories with Albanian population. Today we are stronger, and tomorrow we will be even stronger. We are everywhere.”

UCK - NLA logo
UCK – NLA logo

The National Liberation Army (Albanian: Ushtria Çlirimtare Kombëtare – UÇK; Macedonian: Ослободителна народна армија – ОНА, Osloboditelna narodna armija – ONA), also known as the Macedonian UÇK, is a militant organization closely associated with the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).

Macedonian media report that the police is evacuating a part of the population of Kumanovo and that army’s helicopters are flying over Skopje.

The Serbian Special Forces are sent to border with Macedonia.

2 COMMENTS

  1. “They are a well-trained and well armed group of Albanians”

    They were probably trained by U.S. soldiers from Camp Bondsteel. Wonder if this is a “practice” run to see exactly how well they were trained and could get with a surprise attack. But if they did lose all but 27 (surrendered) out of 70, then they didn’t do too well. It means they lost 43 to about 1/10 that for Macedonian police (not soldiers) killed. (Other reports say 4 or 5 Macedonian police died.)

    I do think Macedonia has to put its SOLDIERS in and/or around Kumanovo on active alert, and especially at the border area.

  2. Kumanovo is not a “mainly ethnic Albanian city”. It is most definitely mixed, but it is heavily populated with Slavic Macedonians as well and is a mere 40km from the Capitol. The issue is that Kumanovo AND Skopje are within what is considered the “Greater Albania”, which covers parts of Serbia, Greece, Monte Negro and Macedonia. Ultra-Nationalist Albanians (mainly from Kosovo) have proclaimed that they disregard the 2001 Ohrid agreement, and are starting a renewed effort to push for the establishment of a Greater Albania. They have vowed to attack state institutions and force the government to abdicate and let half of the country get annexed! The NLA/UCK pose a clear and present danger to the territorial integrity, peace and stability of Macedonia, and for the rest of the world to tell them not to do anything about it is hypocritical and immoral. Why do we condemn land-grabs one day (Ukraine/Donetsk etc) then turn around and promote another? On top of that, how is a NATO member (Albania) allowed to have a radical paramilitary wing as a primary yet clandestine means to undermine neighboring nations? The only reason I can think of for Albania to be in NATO is to act as a bridgehead into the region. Albania and Kosovo touch a lot of the former Yugoslavia, and that Cold War mentality seems to still be dominant with the western powers-that-be. This whole thing is completely ridiculous.

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