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Serbian military depot blast scatters unexploded ammunition

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Serbian military depot blast scatters unexploded ammunition


At least 20 people were injured when a military depot full of munitions blew up in an early morning explosion in Serbia. The Serbian Defence Minister said the cause of the blast was not known, but a government spokesman said it was unlikely to have been a terrorist attack.

The government said the depot was believed to have held 3,500 tonnes of explosives and ammunition. The depot was located on a hill above the town of Paracin, 150 kilometres south of Belgrade. Nearby residents said they were woken in the early morning by the sound of two blasts in two hours and the ground shook like an earthquake.

They said it reminded them of the NATO bombing seven years ago. The explosion blew out doors and windows in the town, causing light injuries from broken glass. The government said the blast scattered unexploded ammunition for five kilometres around the area.

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