A church was set ablaze in the Macedonian village of Labuniste, presumably as a result of the tensions between the local Slavic and Albanian populations.

The incident followed the burning of a Macedonian flag in the nearby town of Struga by Albanians and the raising of Albanian and Islamist flags, in reaction to a local carnival in the previous week in which Islam was mocked, DPA reminds.

The situation in the area was reported as tense and people were said to be frightened.