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 Former Yugoslav weapons used in Paris attack

Some assault rifles used by the Islamic militants in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, later seized in police raids were produced in the former Yugoslavia's state arsenal.

Censor.NET reports citing BBC Russia.

Milojko Brzakovic, director of the Zastava (Banner) Arms factory in the city of Kragujevac in central Serbia, said that they were part of a batch of M70 assault rifles, an improved Yugoslav copy of the Soviet-designed AK47, produced in 1987 and 1988.

"We have checked seven, maybe eight serial numbers received from the police in our database and found that guns from that particular batch were sent to military depots in Slovenia, Bosnia, and Macedonia," Brzakovic said.

Zastava Arms, then called Zavodi Crvena Zastava, served as the sole state arsenal for small arms for the now-defunct Communist Yugoslav army and police. It still produces weapons for the Serbian government, hunting and sports. In the 1970s and 1990s the company was also a major arms exporter to the then-Yugoslavia's allies in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. It still exports weapons to a number of markets including the United States.

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"There's no doubt they were produced by us (Zastava Arms), we were the only producers then, and we have serial numbers of everything we ever produced, but in the 1990s anyone could get a hold of them in army depots," Brzakovic added. He said that police also inquired about a CZ99 9-mm pistol, also a Zastava Oruzje product since 1980s.

 
 
 
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