Peacekeepers seize weapons, arrest six ethnic Albanians

PRISTINA, Jul 25, 2000 -- (AFP) International KFOR peacekeepers found some 40 weapons and arrested six ethnic Albanians near the southern town of Stimlje, 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Pristina, a KFOR spokeswoman said Monday.

Finnish troops of the NATO-led force swept villages near Stimlje during the weekend and uncovered two machineguns, 11 rifles, three pistols and more than a dozen grenades, said Captain Kath Hurley.

Six ethnic Albanians were arrested in connection with the arms find and questioned by United Nations police, Hurley said.

Norwegian troops in the central town of Obilic, some five kilometers (three miles) outside the provincial capital, also unearthed Monday an anti-tank rocket, three rifles, a pistol, six grenades and around 1,000 bullets, she added.

KFOR frequently seizes illegal weapons in the UN-administered province where ethnic violence is still common.

In June, British troops discovered a massive stash of almost 70 tons of arms and ammunition in the central Drenica which it identified as having belonged to the disbanded ethnic rebel force, the Kosovo Liberation Army.

UN police also said Monday that two ethnic Albanian men were detained late Friday when one of them opened fire with a hunting rifle on a Polish patrol in the ethnic Albanian sector of the divided northern town of Kosovska Mitrovica.

No injuries were sustained and one of the men was later released, the police said.

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