Worker killed in cluster bomb explosion

A man engaged in a mine clearing operation on Mt. Kopaonik, central Serbia, died on Thursday in an explosion of a cluster bomb.

Source: B92, RTS, Tanjug

The device exploded near a military base on Pančić's Peak, Tanjug is reporting.

According to the public broadcaster RTS, which is quoting sources from the Serbian police (MUP), the deadly accident happened at 10:30 CET.

The 49-year-old victim, who has not been named, was working for a private company contracted to clear the area of mines and explosive devices.

B92 has learned that he died in an area "that is not a military facility".

The explosion also started a fire that firefighters are now working to put under control. The scene will be investigated once the blaze has been put out.

The MUP have confirmed that the fire had spread to 20 to 40 square kilometers of land contaminated with mines, and that two police helicopters and a Russian waterbomber from Niš have been called in to help contain it.

On August 1, two Serbian Army (VS) NCOs died in a cluster bomb explosion near the same peak on Mt. Kopaonik. The device was a leftover from NATO's 1999 war against Serbia.

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