AP: US Troops Seize Kosovo Weapons
- U.S. Troops Seize Kosovo Weapons
The Associated Press
Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001; 8:29 a.m. EDT
PRISTINA, Yugoslavia -- U.S. soldiers serving with NATO-led
peacekeepers seized a weapons cache and arrested 17 people in an
eight-hour sweep of Kosovo villages near the Macedonian border, U.S.
forces said Saturday.
The weapons cache was found Friday after scouring houses, barns and
sheds in the villages of Donja Stubla and Goden, a U.S. Army statement
The cache included 20 assault rifles, 2,000 rounds of small arms
ammunition, 104 pairs of boots, uniforms and other material.
"Our soldiers will search every corner of Kosovo to prevent the return of
violence and chaos," said Maj. Randy Martin, a spokesman for the U.S.
U.S. peacekeepers have been stepping up operations trying to stem the
flow of weapons from the southern Serb province of Kosovo - under
U.N. and NATO control - to ethnic Albanian guerrillas in neighboring
Ethnic Albanian militants took up arms in February saying they want more
rights for their community, which accounts for up to a third of the
Macedonia's population of 2 million.
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