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Explosion in Montenegro arms factory seriously injures two workers

30 January 2018

An explosion on the morning of January 29 at the Tara small arms and ammunition plant in Mojkovac, Montenegro, severely injured two employees. The Vijesti news site said the explosion occurred in the factory assembly hall. The injured workers, who sustained life-threatening burns, were taken to the Medical Military Academy in Belgrade, Serbia.

The explosion at the former state-owned factory, which makes pistols, rifles, parts for missile systems and explosive propellants, was the fourth since the company was privatised in 2014.

In June 2015, a deadly blast killed one worker and left seven others injured. In February 2014, the head of the pyrotechnics section was injured, and on October 24 of the same year, six workers were also injured in an explosion.

Montenegrin public broadcaster RTCG quoted a press release issued by the company saying that the factory was closed down after the authorities launched an investigation into how the accident in the factory’s production section happened.

Balkan Insight said the plant was part-owned by Swiss arms dealer Heinrich Thomet, who has been involved in a number of controversial international arms export deals.  

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