BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) _ The director of an independent TV station said Friday that gunmen hijacked two truckloads of imported equipment and abducted the drivers for five days.

''The incident indicates how far the current Serbian leadership is willing to go to clamp down on independent media,'' said Dragan Kojadinovic, director of Studio B TV in Belgrade.

The incident occurred Dec. 19 near the border with Hungary after the equipment passed through customs, he reported.

The United Nations, which imposed economic sanctions on Yugoslavia in May, granted Studio B an exemption to import the equipment, needed to broadcast nationwide. Studio B now covers only the Belgrade area.

The station has battled with Serbia's state-run TV, which Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic has used his control to wage a media war against the opposition.