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Gunbattle erupts in Macedonia

TETOVO, Macedonia — A heavy gunbattle erupted Thursday between Macedonian troops and guerrillas in the northwest Macedonian town of Tetovo.

A Reuters TV crew in Tetovo said heavily armed Macedonian police opened mortar and heavy machine gun fire from Tetovo suburbs in the direction of a nearby mountain from their armored personnel carriers. Gunmen returned fire.

It was the second day of fighting near the ethnic Albanian city of Tetovo.

One civilian died on Wednesday and two were wounded, while 15 Macedonian policemen, three of them ethnic Albanians, were hurt, officials said. There was no word on the rebels' losses.