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Macedonia Mourns Eight Police Killed In Gunbattle

Macedonia is observing a second day of national mourning on May 11 for eight police officers killed during a weekend battle against gunmen in the northern town of Kumanovo. Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov said 14 suspected gunmen also were killed in the battle, which began early on May 9 in the town near the borders with Kosovo and Serbia.

In a nationwide television address late on May 10, Ivanov said police had “prevented coordinated terrorist attacks at different locations in the country that would cause serious destabilization, chaos, and fear.” He said the gunmen were “extremists and criminals with remarkable military training and skills.”

Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski named five leaders of the armed group, all citizens of Kosovo. Gruevski said the gunmen had combat experience in the Balkans and in the Middle East, but were not supported by members of Macedonia’s ethnic Albanian minority.

Ethnic Albanian Azem Ibrahimi visits his destroyed house in a neighborhood where a gunbattle took place between Macedonian police and an armed group in the town of Kumanovo.
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Ethnic Albanian Azem Ibrahimi visits his destroyed house in a neighborhood where a gunbattle took place between Macedonian police and an armed group in the town of Kumanovo.

People stand near destroyed houses following clashes between Macedonian police and an armed group in Kumanovo.
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People stand near destroyed houses following clashes between Macedonian police and an armed group in Kumanovo.

People walk past houses damaged in the gunbattle in Kumanovo.
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People walk past houses damaged in the gunbattle in Kumanovo.

People watch as Macedonian police troops in armored vehicles leave the area where fighting took place in Kumanovo.
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People watch as Macedonian police troops in armored vehicles leave the area where fighting took place in Kumanovo.

A doll lies on the ground at the entrance to a destroyed house following clashes between Macedonian police and an armed group in Kumanovo.
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A doll lies on the ground at the entrance to a destroyed house following clashes between Macedonian police and an armed group in Kumanovo.

Police officers secure a street in Kumanovo.
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Police officers secure a street in Kumanovo.

A bullet-riddled wall in a house following clashes between Macedonian police and an armed group in Kumanovo.
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A bullet-riddled wall in a house following clashes between Macedonian police and an armed group in Kumanovo.

A resident visits destroyed houses in a neighborhood where a gunbattle took place between Macedonian police and an armed group in the town of Kumanovo.
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A resident visits destroyed houses in a neighborhood where a gunbattle took place between Macedonian police and an armed group in the town of Kumanovo.

Ethnic Albanians pray during the funeral of one of the police officers, Isamedin Osmani, killed in a recent operation, in the village of Studenicani.
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Ethnic Albanians pray during the funeral of one of the police officers, Isamedin Osmani, killed in a recent operation, in the village of Studenicani.

The funeral procession for Zarko Kuzmanovski, one of the slain police officers, in the village of Brvenica near Tetovo
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The funeral procession for Zarko Kuzmanovski, one of the slain police officers, in the village of Brvenica near Tetovo

Relatives of Zarko Kuzmanovski, a police officer killed in the operation, mourn next to his coffin draped with the Macedonian flag during his funeral in the village of Brvenica.
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Relatives of Zarko Kuzmanovski, a police officer killed in the operation, mourn next to his coffin draped with the Macedonian flag during his funeral in the village of Brvenica.

A Macedonian police officer looks out of a ripped truck window in Kumanovo.
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A Macedonian police officer looks out of a ripped truck window in Kumanovo.

A drone flies over Kumanovo.
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A drone flies over Kumanovo.

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