Macedonia Cuts Number of ‘Armed Group’ Members Killed in Kumanovo

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Bulgaria: Macedonia Cuts Number of ‘Armed Group’ Members Killed in Kumanovo Police leave a checkpoint as Macedonian special forces engage in an operation against an alleged group of armed ethnic Albanians, in Kumanovo, Macedonia, 10 May 2015. Photo EPA/BGNES

Macedonian authorities have cut the number of the members of the armed group killed by police forces in Kumanovo last week, MIA news agency reported.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office announced on Sunday that an inspection at the site of the incident had revealed that 10 members of the group described as terrorists had been killed in the police operation that also claimed the lives of eight police officers.   

Initial estimates by the Interior Ministry put at 14 the number of members of the armed group killed in shootouts with police in Kumanovo, in northern Macedonia, on 9-10 May.

According to media reports, Macedonian opposition, police and military experts in Skopje believe that the Kumanovo incident was staged by the government of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski in a bid to divert the public attention away from opposition protests and consolidate support for the government.

The announcement by the Prosecutor’s Office was released shortly before the official start of the massive protest rally in central Skopje seeking the resignation of Gruevski on Sunday.

 

 

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GrueFski - 18 May 2015 // 11:37:16

that's strange
it's a sure Gruevski hired some Albanians and then double-crossed them
he did it 3-4 weeks ago but then, another incident of the same sort happened then in another border locality:

"Around forty armed men stormed a police department in the Macedonian village of Gosince near the border with Kosovo on Tuesday, taking four police officers hostages."

interestingly though enhanced security measures weren't taken after this "incident"

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