Peacekeepers seize weapons

KOSOVO POLJE, Yugoslavia, Sep 7, 2000 -- (Agence France Presse) A series of raids in one of Kosovo's last ethnically mixed towns turned up a large quantity of weapons, a spokesman for the KFOR peacekeeping force said Wednesday.

"We found about 20 rifles, 15 pistols, lots of ammunition, explosives and military equipment," Major Willy Fjellhall told reporters after around 160 British, Norwegian, Finnish and Swedish troops raided nine buildings.

The premises belonged to both Serbians and ethnic Albanians, rival communities living side-by-side in Kosovo Polje, three miles (five kilometers) west of Pristina, he said.

Several people were arrested in the course of the operation said Majot Carl Bo.

Since the arrival of the KFOR peacekeeping force in Kosovo in June last year brought an end to a civil war between ethnic Albanian separatists and Yugoslav forces, hundreds of people have been killed in ethnically motivated attacks.

Around 210,000 Serbs and other non-Albanians have fled the province and many of those that remain live in embattled enclaves, protected by peacekeepers. Kosovo Polje is one of the last towns to remain ethnically mixed, and has been the scene of repeated violence.

Fjelldal said Wednesday's haul of arms was the biggest ever made by KFOR in the area, which is under the control of a Norwegian battallion.

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