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Macedonia: Ethnic Albanian Group Claims Responsibility For Attack

Pristina, Kosovo; 26 August 2003 (RFE/RL) -- A group calling itself the Albanian National Army (AKSH) said today that it was responsible for firing rocket-propelled grenades yesterday at a Macedonian guard tower on the border between Kosovo and Macedonia. In a statement posted on its website, the group said it attacked the border post in order to weaken Macedonia's military and force it to withdraw from territories inhabited by ethnic Albanians there.

Macedonian military officials said two rocket-propelled projectiles exploded in the air yesterday near the border post about 15 kilometers northwest of the capital Skopje. No one was injured.

The AKSH has claimed responsibility for several attacks there and in southern Serbia and Kosovo over the past year. It advocates the unification of all Balkan territories inhabited by ethnic Albanians.