Ser­bia’s PM shrugs off weapons find, says ‘no­body touched me’

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Ser­bia’s Prime Min­is­ter Alek­san­dar Vu­cic said yes­ter­day he did not be­lieve he had been sub­ject to an as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt, seek­ing to calm ten­sions af­ter the dis­cov­ery of a cache of heavy weapons on a route reg­u­larly taken by his mo­tor­cade. The weapons, which in­cluded a rocket launcher, hand grenades and rifle am­mu­ni­tion, were found in bushes in the neigh­bour­hood of Ja­jinci, near a cross­roads where Vu­cic’s mo­tor­cade nor­mally slows on his fre­quent vis­its to his par­ents’ home.

“Some­one could have sim­ply dumped weapons there by chance,” he told re­porters at a press brief­ing held to dis­cuss a visit by an In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund mis­sion. “This was not an as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt,” he said. “No­body touched me.” Vu­cic said a tipoff led to the dis­cov­ery of the weapons and that he was im­me­di­ately taken to an undis­closed safe place. No ar­rests have been made in con­nec­tion with the find.

He ap­peared to have no ex­tra se­cu­rity at yes­ter­day’s news con­fer­ence, which had been sched­uled long in ad­vance and was held in the usual cen­tral govern­ment build­ing. Nev­er­the­less, po­lice were out in greater force than nor­mal in Bel­grade, pa­trolling in streets around govern­ment build­ings. —Reuters

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