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Major arms cache found - arrest four Albanians

PRISTINA, May 22, 2000 -- (AFP) Peacekeepers of the NATO-led KFOR force raided a major arms stash in western Kosovo and arrested four ethnic Albanian men, a KFOR spokesman said Sunday.

Italian and Spanish troops found 79 hand grenades, eight rifles, a large amount of ammunition and 300 grams of the explosive TNT early Saturday in the village of Miroc, five kilometers (three miles) south of the town of Decane.

They also found military equipment including two radio sets, three field phones, one encryption radio compressor for sending coded messages and four helmets, Lieutenant Commander Philip Anido said.

Three of the detainees were released after being questioned and identified, while the fourth was handed over to UN police for further questioning.

In the provincial capital Pristina KFOR also confiscated an armor-piercing rocket and a rifle-propelled grenade on Saturday, Anido said.

KFOR carries out frequent weapons searches in the unruly post-war province, where shootings and grenade attacks are widespread and ethnic hatred still high 11 months after KFOR replaced Yugoslav security forces.



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