Rebels, Troops Clash Anew in Northern Village

From Times Wire Reports

Ethnic Albanian rebels clashed anew with government forces in Matejce, a village in northern Macedonia, and the army claimed that some militants were killed as troops battled to keep them from regaining lost ground.

Smoke could be seen rising from Matejce, about 15 miles northeast of the capital, Skopje. Army spokesman Col. Blagoja Markovski said the rebels engaged in "fierce fighting" with security forces.

Later in the day, the nearby village of Slupcane came under sporadic shelling as the army fired heavy artillery on suspected rebel positions.

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