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Macedonia Presses Kosovo On Shoot-Out Suspects

Macedonian Interior Minister Gordana Jankulovska
Authorities in Macedonia say they have petitioned neighboring Kosovo for information on 70 criminal suspects.

Interior Minister Gordana Jankulovska said she had taken the action following a shoot-out this week that left four gunmen dead and several large weapons seizures near the border with Kosovo.

Authorities say ethnic Albanian criminal gangs are using weapons hidden after a 2001 insurgency and may have taken refuge in Kosovo.

Kosovo's government has denied accusations that it tolerates suspected criminals.

compiled from agency reports