Macedonia police kills four Albanians in 'shootout'

Four ethnic Albanians were killed in a shootout with police in northern Macedonia early on Wednesday in one of the most serious inter-ethnic incidents since a 2001 ethnic conflict.

Macedonia police kills four Albanians in 'shootout'

Four ethnic Albanians were killed in a shootout with police in northern Macedonia early on Wednesday in one of the most serious inter-ethnic incidents since a 2001 ethnic conflict.

Police said the uniformed "gunmen" opened fire from their truck at a police checkpoint stopping vehicles during an operation to prevent arms smuggling near the border between Macedonia and Kosovo.

Police returned fire and the four occupants of the truck were killed, police spokesman Ivo Kotevski told Reuters, adding that none of the policemen were injured.

Police found a large cache of weapons in the truck and two of the suspects appeared to be ethnic Albanians from Macedonia and one from neighbouring Kosovo, while the origin of the fourth was not yet known.

Meanwhile, several thousand ethnic Albanians marched on the streets of the capital Skopje on Monday protesting against government policies, which they said discriminated against minority rights.

Agencies

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