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Three Injured in Bomb Explosion in Tense Northern City

Three people were injured in a bomb explosion early Thursday in a tense northern city that was the scene of fighting during Macedonia’s 2001 ethnic war. The bomb which went off around 2 a.m. (midnight GMT) was planted in a passageway between two buildings on the central square in Kumanovo, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) northeast of the capital Skopje, police said. The powerful blast caused material damage and lightly injured three, including a child hurt by flying glass while asleep. All of them were later released from hospital, said Mirjana Konteska, a police spokeswoman. Konteska said an investigation was underway to find out who laid the bomb. She refused to speculate on possible motives behind the blast. Kumanovo and ethnically mixed villages surrounding it have been tense since Macedonia’s conflict in 2001 between ethnic Albanian rebels and government troops. Full Story

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