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Four Reported Killed In Shoot-Out On Macedonia-Kosovo Border

Four people are reported dead in a shoot-out between Macedonia's border police and unidentified gunmen near the country's frontier with Kosovo.

Police said the four were killed when police intercepted them attempting to smuggle weapons across the border from Kosovo.

A spokesman said police discovered a large amount of weapons and explosives in the van in which the four had been traveling.

Two weeks ago, Macedonia's border police seized a large cache of weapons following a shoot-out with unidentified gunmen near the border with Kosovo.

The National Liberation Army, a former ethnic Albanian rebel group that fought briefly against government forces in 2001, claimed responsibility for the shootout -- raising fears of renewed instability in the ethnically tense former Yugoslav republic.

compiled from agency reports