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Yugoslavia: Ethnic Albanian Killed In Southern Serbia

Belgrade, 17 March 2001 (RFE/RL) -- Reports from southern Serbia say Yugoslav forces killed an ethnic Albanian fighter last night while repelling an attack in a buffer zone next to Kosovo. The reported violence came despite a NATO-brokered cease-fire between Yugoslav forces and ethnic Albanians that was signed five days ago.

In another incident, a landmine explosion injured two Serb policemen on the edge of the buffer zone.

An estimated 6,000 ethnic Albanians protested today in the town of Presevo against the return of Yugoslav army forces to part of the buffer zone. NATO allowed the troops to return to help cut the activity of ethnic Albanians operating in neighboring Macedonia.

U.S. forces inside Kosovo reported the seizure of a cache of weapons, including more than 40 mortar and grenade rounds, in an automobile close to Kosovo's boundary with the rest of Serbia.