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Serbia Says Dozens Of Weapons Missing From Warehouse

  • RFE/RL

Serbia's Defense Ministry said dozens of weapons and piles of ammunition have gone missing from a military warehouse in Belgrade.

In a statement issued on November 17, the ministry said the disappearance was noticed during a regular checkup at a garrison in the capital.

The ministry said the missing weapons included 70 handguns, five automatic rifles, and two crates of ammunition. It did not say how long the weapons had been missing or even when the discovery was made.

Arms smuggling has flourished in the Balkans following the wars of the early 1990s. Some of the weapons used in last year's terror attacks in Paris originated in the Balkans.

Also on November 17, police reported the arrest of 10 suspected arms traffickers and a seizure of weapons, including rocket launchers, automatic guns, and antitank mines.

With reporting by RFE/RL's Balkan Service and AP
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