Tuesday, November 21, 2006

60 hand grenades and 2.500 rounds ammunition disappear from army barracks

60 hand grenades and large quantities of ammunition are missing from the Bitiola barracks's depots.

The last inventory made in early November showed that as many as 60 hand grenades and 2.500 rounds of 7.62 caliber ammunition went missing, Makfax's correspondent reported.

Since the army barracks in Bitola are under 24-hour guard, it is unlikely that burglary is in question. The army set out an investigation in order to establish whether a mistake had been made during delivery transfer of the explosive materials.

At the same time, Makfax's Tetovo correspondent reported that Police arrested L.M., 26, employed in the Tetovo army barracks, after finding a pistol CZ 7.62 stashed in her house.

Macedonian Defence Ministry confirmed officially today that "shortage of materials used by ARM units" has been detected in the army depots, refusing to give further information in the interest of the ongoing investigation.

The press statement says that one person has been arrested and charged for stealing a machine gun.

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