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Serbian police discover big weapons cache

BELGRADE, Serbia, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Police said they discovered weapons in a diesel tank buried in a predominantly ethnic Albanian village in southern Serbia close to the border with Kosovo.

Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dacic said police found the weapons and ammunition in Konculj in Bujanovac county, Belgrade's B92 reported online Wednesday.

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Konculj, 180 miles south of Belgrade, was the stronghold of the so-called liberation army of ethnic Albanians in the Serbian Presevo valley bordering Kosovo late in 2000 and early in 2001. Armed ethnic Albanians fought Serbian security forces during a few months of the revolt.

Stanisa Mihajlovic, investigating judge of the district court in Vranje, told reporters police found 100,000 rounds of various calibers, a non-recoiling cannon, three mortars, six portable rocket launchers and 21 anti-tank mines hidden in the large fuel tank.

Mihajlovic said he is treating it as part of terrorist activities as the weapons and ammunition were well-preserved.

Leaders of Kosovo's 1.8 million ethnic Albanians declared independence from Serbia in February 2008.

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