Rogatica: the find of the Italians

First published April 7, 2003

During a search operation, the 217th Alpine Company from the German-Italian Battle Group found caches of illegal weapons and ammunition in Planje, Jarovici and Gradina near Rogatica (Republika Srpska).
Numerous rumours had circulated about the likely presence of arms trafficking in the Rogatica area. After some weeks of close observation, a search operation started early in the morning of March 25.
It was still dark when the Alpini of the 217th Company called 'Impera', which belongs to the 2nd Alpine Regiment, stationed in Cuneo, left the Italian compound in Rogatica. About at 7 a.m. the area of Planje and Jarovici was surrounded by the Italian troops made up of Alpine platoons and one EOD platoon, with the support of two helicopters. Fifteen minutes later in the presence of members of the local Police, Capt. Bison, Alpini Company Commander, and his men contacted the farmers.
Then the inspection started in the houses, cattle-sheds and haylofts nearby. At first, soldiers were very cautions in case of booby traps. After the first find of weapons, the method of searching became more specific and it turned into a long day ensuring that all building were searched.
The arms caches contained eight hand grenades, 15 AK 47 and M 48 rifles, rifle bombs and 3,000 bullets. There were also many helmets, bayonets and NBC protective masks. This operation took place safely and without incident. It was completely successful thanks to the comprehensive training of the Italian soldiers both in Italy and here.
This kind of seizure helps to achieve SFOR's mandate and is a further step towards to providing a safe and secure environment in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Related link:
Nations of SFOR: Italy

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