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Serbia makes its biggest arms haul in 16 years

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Media captionSerbian police said they found a "huge" quantity of weapons

Ten people have been arrested in Serbia for arms-trafficking, police say, after the country's largest weapons haul in 16 years.

Rocket launchers, anti-tank mines and automatic guns were among the weapons seized in northern Serbia, close to the Croatian border.

A police video shows officers arresting suspects amid piles of weapons.

Hand grenades, rifles, pistols, bullets, night-vision equipment and various explosives were also seized.

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Image caption Grenades seized by Serbian police in their biggest weapons haul since 2000.

Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said the authorities would be investigating if the arms were going to be sold, and where to.

The Balkans have been a hot spot for arms-smuggling since the wars in the region in the 1990s.

Weapons originating in the Balkans were used in attacks by militants in France last year:

  • Yugoslav-era guns were used by the killers at the Bataclan theatre in Paris in November 2015
  • A rocket launcher carried into the Charlie Hebdo magazine office in Paris, where 12 people were killed in January 2015, was also manufactured in the Balkans

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