Incident Summary:

04/21/2015: Assailants stormed a police department and took four officers hostage in Gosince, Northeastern, Macedonia. The officers were able to free themselves soon afterward. The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) claimed responsibility and stated that the group did not observe the Ohrid Framework Agreement, although sources questioned the veracity of this claim.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Lipkovo district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Macedonian Police
Specific Description Police Station
Nationality of Target Macedonia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 1
Outcome Hostage(s) escaped (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 40
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Armed group takes over Macedonian police station demanding an "independent state"," Xinhua News Agency, April 21, 2015.
"Gunmen take police hostage in Macedonia, call for Albanian state," Reuters Africa, April 21, 2015.