New video of Saturday's gunfight in Macedonian town that left 22 dead and destroyed buildings is released by police. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Macedonian police have released video from a day-long gun battle that left at least 22 people dead in the town of Kumanovo on Saturday (May 9). In the video, special anti-terrorist police units are shown on the town's streets and gunfire can be heard. The video also shows police arresting men and weapon stockpiles in houses, many of which are seriously damaged, with walls crushed by armoured vehicles. Details about the raid remain hazy, but the conservative government of Nikola Gruevski faced immediate calls from NATO and the European Union for a "transparent investigation" of what went on when the heavily armed police entered the mainly Albanian neighbourhood before dawn. Gruevski said police had wiped out "one of the most dangerous terrorist groups in the Balkans", led by ethnic Albanians from neighbouring Kosovo. Authorities said 14 "terrorists" were dead, dozens arrested and eight police officers killed An estimated 30 percent of Macedonia's 2 million people are ethnic Albanians.