Prijedor Weapons Cache

SLt Meghan Marsaw
First published in
SFOR Informer#153, December 5, 2002

In the early hours of Nov. 21, units from the 1st Battalion The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) discovered a significant illegal weapons cache at a private company, Laki Pri, at Brezicani near Prijedor. The discovery was made at approximately 4-30 a.m. in a storeroom at the rear of the building while the Multinational Division Southwest's units were conducting Operation 'Silver Fox'.

Brezicani - Units that took part in this search operation included C Squadron Light Dragoons and the reconnaissance company from the Royal Scots, as well as members from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team (EOD) and the Arms Explosive Search Team (AES). Individuals from the European Union Police Mission (EUPM) and the Royal Military Police (RMP) were also on hand to provide liaison with local police.
Smuggling purposes?
The weapons haul was sizeable and contained, among other things, hand held rockets, grenade launchers, anti-personnel mines, anti-tank mines, mortars, and huge amounts of various ammunitions. It took two hours for the entire cache to be brought out of the storage room and laid out in a cleared area outside the building. Although it has not been determined whether the weapons and ammunitions were to be used for smuggling purposes, the condition of the ammunition suggests that it had been in storage for a long time. "A large quantity of anti-personnel mines were also found in the warehouse and they had to be destroyed at the scene due to their condition," said Major Gene Maxwell, spokesperson for the United Kingdom Battle Group. "The mines were destroyed by fire but the warehouse was not damaged." The remainder of the cache was transported in two trucks to Banja Luka for cataloguing and subsequently destroyed at the Manjaca Ranges on Nov. 23.
Senior Infantry Regiment
The Police Security Sector Prijedor (PSSP) was informed of the operation and representatives were present when SFOR arrived on location and found the weapons. The 1st Battalion The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) are the oldest and senior Infantry Regiment in the British Army and have recently replaced the Welsh Guards in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Royal Scots Battle Group is also includes C Squadron The Light Dragoons, a reconnaissance regiment. The Light Dragoons last served in Bosnia in 2000 while this is the first Balkans tour for the Royal Scots.

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Photos: Maj. Gene Maxwell

Different units from the UK BG took part to the operation.

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The packing cases full of weapons and ammunition before being loaded in several trucks.

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This picture shows only some of the weapons seized.