4 DEATHS IN POLICE ACTION AGAINST WEAPON SMUGGLING GANG
Here pictured is the Mercedes Sprinter van, heavily damaged by bullets, in which yesterday was used to transport weapons from Kosovo to Macedonia. The weapons were smuggled thru the illegal border crossing at the village of Dvorce on the way to Radusa by a gang of four criminals from Grcec, Merovo and Pristina.
The four men who were wearing black uniforms and automatic rifles did not manage to bring the weapons to the planned destination. They all died in a heavy shooting with the Macedonian police.
"The driver of the van did not follow the orders of the police and even before the criminals started shooting at the police so the police returned and in the shootout the four criminals have lost their lives", said Gordana Jankulovska, Minister of Interior Affairs.
The Police was informed that a group of criminals would pass by and transport guns. The police was searching vehicles and then the van passed by with registration plates of Prilep. They did not follow the police orders and started firing at the police.
"Last night around 2 am we heard gunfire, it lasted for about 5 minutes. It came from the side of the mountain at Svilare. We also heard a helicopter", said a citizen from the surrounding villages.
In the van, the police found a larger amount of grenades, automatic rifles, snipers, TNT explosives, hand bombs, mines, anti tank mines, boots, a map and emblems of the UCK.
3 of the 4 criminals have been identified. One of them has a international warrant for assault and was convicted to nine years for shooting at the police back in 2004 when he tried to help a terrorist escape.