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NATO TROOPS SEIZE BRIGADE’S WEAPONS

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U.S. and Russian troops seized a huge number of Muslim weapons and ordered a Bosnian army unit to shut down Thursday, accusing it of being involved in the worst violence in Bosnia since war ended a year ago.

NATO-led troops hauled away two Bosnian army armored personnel carriers and packed six large peacekeeping trucks with weapons and ammunition confiscated from the Bosnian Army's 254th brigade, NATO officials said. The brigade was located just west of Celic in northeast Bosnia.Maj. Brett Boudreau, a NATO spokesman, said the weapons will all be destroyed at a nearby U.S. base.

Peacekeeping troops and U.N. police also raided a Bosnian Serb police station at nearby Koraj, seizing one automatic weapon, some grenades and a case of ammunition.

The weapons clampdown followed Muslim-Serb clashes Tuesday that left one Muslim dead in the village of Gajevi and showed that peacekeepers may not be leaving Bosnia as soon as they hoped.

The peace force also ordered the 254th brigade to shut its base near Celic by Nov. 23.

That action followed what Boudreau called the brigade's involvement in fighting Tuesday as some Muslims tried to return to their former homes in Gajevi.