De-miners seize one ton of explosives from Bosnian scrap collector

Other News Materials 15 August 2008 14:09 (UTC +04:00)

Four mine removal teams were deployed in the central Bosnian town of Zenica on Thursday to remove nearly one ton of explosives deposited in a shed in the local Kanal settlement, police confirmed Friday.

Ibrahim Mehicic collected mines, shells, rockets and other weapons left from the 1992-95 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina as scrap-iron and kept them in his wood-shed, dpa reported.

His neighbors informed the police after they suspected Mehicic was taking mines into the shed.

As soon as the search of the shed started, de-miners discovered a rocket filled with some four to five kilograms of explosives, as well as a hand grenade and some fuses.

The explosion of that rocket, they said, would be strong enough to destroy the surrounding houses.

Teams of de-miners emptied the shed and cleared the area from dangerous explosives.

Police said it would consider possible steps against Ibrahim Mehicic.