World Bulletin / News Desk
Eight police officers and 14 gunmen were killed in a day-long gun battle in an ethnic Albanian area of northern Macedonia, the government said on Sunday.
Interior Ministry spokesman Ivo Kotevski told a news conference that 37 police officers were also wounded in an operation launched at dawn on Saturday in the town of Kumanovo. He said no civilians were reported killed.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg urged restraint in Macedonia on Sunday and called for a transparent investigation of violence in which the government said eight police and 14 members of an "armed group" were killed.
"I am following the developments in Kumanovo with great concern," Stoltenberg said in a statement. "It is important that all political and community leaders work together to restore calm and conduct a transparent investigation to establish what happened."
"I urge everyone to exercise restraint and avoid any further escalation, in the interest of the country and the whole region," he said.Last Mod: 10 Mayıs 2015, 23:50