Macedonian police raid armed group in Kumanovo

Macedonian police close off Kumanovo town to ‘neutralise armed group’

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Macedonian police conducted a raid at 4 a.m. local time on Saturday morning near the town of Kumanovo, in the northeastern part of the country.

Interior Ministry’s spokesman Ivo Kotevski confirmed that an operation was held to “neutralize an armed group in Kumanovo.”

Macedonian media reported that an armed conflict took place between 70 people and Macedonian police, in which at least 4 police officers were injured.

Local residents said police closed the whole town off and scanned the region with a helicopter. People with black uniforms were also spotted in the town yesterday.

On Friday, Macedonian media announced an armed group which had planned to attack local police stations entered Kumanovo from Kosovo.

Kumanovo is near the Macedonian capital city of Skopje, where a large Albanian community resides.

Kumanovo was the site of armed conflicts in May 2001 when the Albanian insurgency started.

After the conflict, the ethnic Albanian community separated themselves from the rest of society and established their own schools.

Ethnic Albanians in Macedonia consist of 25 percent of the population and mainly live in a region which is close to the Albanian and Kosovan borders.

TRTWorld and agencies