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Macedonia in mourning after gun battle leaves 22 dead

Macedonia in mourning after gun battle leaves 22 dead

Macedonia began two days of national mourning on Sunday, following a day of bloody gun battles in the country’s restive north that left at least 22 people dead and dozens more injured.

The Macedonian Interior Ministry said eight police officers and 14 militants were killed when police launched a dawn raid Saturday against a “terrorist group” composed of ethnic Albanian paramilitaries in the northern frontier town of Kumanovo.

Another 37 police officers were injured in the fighting, which pitted what authorities described as a 44-member militant cell against the forces of the predominantly ethnic Slav Macedonian police.

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