Serbian Arms Maker Says His Plant Made Guns Used In Paris Attacks
November 27, 2015
by RFE/RL's Balkan Service
The director of a weapons plant in Serbia has confirmed that at least two of the assault rifles used by Islamic militants during the Paris terrorist attacks on November 13 were manufactured by his company in the early 1990s.
Milojko Brzakovic, general manager of the Zastava–Oruzje factory in Kragujevac, Serbia, told RFE/RL on November 27 that Serbia's Interior Ministry had asked for information about the specific guns used in the Paris attacks as part of an international investigation.
Brzakovic said investigators were tracing the origins of at least two Zastava M70s used in the attack -- modified versions of the Soviet AK-47 that were the standard issue for Yugoslav military forces since 1970.
He said the Serbian officials had provided 'specific numbers' for guns that had been used by militants in Paris and were found at the scenes of the attacks.
Germany's Bild newspaper reported that a man was arrested by German authorities on November 24 for allegedly selling four weapons to the militants who killed 130 people in Paris on November 13.
Bild reported that four assault rifles -- two AK-47s made in China and two Zastava M70s made in what is now Serbia -- were sold illegally online by the suspect on November 7 to a buyer of 'Arab descent.'
Prosecutors in Stuttgart, Germany, on November 27 confirmed the arrest of a 34-year-old man on arms dealing charges but have declined to comment on Bild's report that he supplied guns to the Islamic State (IS) militants who carried out the Paris attacks.
The IS militants attacked France's national stadium, a concert hall, and a series bars and restaurants.
With reporting by Reuters, AP, and Bild
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