Peacekeepers in big weapons haul in Kosovo

PRISTINA, Apr 16, 2000 -- (Reuters) Peacekeeping soldiers in Kosovo have seized a large quantity of weapons including landmines and grenades from a truck at a checkpoint, the NATO-led KFOR force said on Saturday.

Two ethnic Albanians had been detained following the discovery, believed to be one of the largest hauls of illegal weapons reported by KFOR in the past few months.

KFOR spokesman Major Benjaminsen said Austrian troops recovered 77 anti-tank mines, 40 grenades, more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, a semi-automatic rifle, two other rifles and a machine gun.

The soldiers had conducted the search on a truck on Friday afternoon about 10 km (6 miles) from the southeastern city of Gnjilane.

Benjaminsen said he had no information on the weapons' intended destination.

KFOR soldiers have been staffing checkpoints across Kosovo since the force arrived last June, in an effort to clamp down on the possession of illegal weapons. The peacekeepers report some sort of seizure practically every day.

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