Bombing of Economic Facilities



Lola Utva Factory in Pančevo

The Lola Utva factory in Pančevo was exposed several times to NATO missile attacks: on 24 March 1999, at 9.00 p.m., by four missiles; on 27 March 1999, at 8.05 p.m., by one missile and on 29 March 1999, at 8.30 p.m., by one missile. This factory manufactures agricultural and sports aircraft. The factory does not manufacture products for military purposes. The following plants were destroyed in the attacks: assembly and maintenance plants with 17 aircraft being overhauled; assembly hall with two aircraft; aircraft equipment plant; aluminum protection plant; painting plant; water purification plant; preparation for material cutting plant. Other shops and plants also sustained substantial damage.



PIK Mladost and Kosmet Prevoz Transport Enterprise in Gnjilane

On 26 March 1999, at 8.40 p.m., PIK "Mladost" agricultural-industrial complex in Gnjilane was bombed. The hangar was hit; all vehicles and hangar itself were burnt. In the wake of the blast, all surrounding facilities were damaged.
On 26 March 1999, one missile hit the transport enterprise "Kosmet prevoz" in Gnjilane. Several buses were set on fire. Fire brigade came to the scene.

Sloboda Factory in Čačak

On 28 April 1999, at 4.43 a.m., and on 30 March 1999, at 4.10 a.m., ”Sloboda“ household appliances factory in Čačak was hit by several missiles. The prototype office with a large number of computers; anti-corrosive protection plant including machines in it; tool manufacturing and maintenance plant and cutting shop were destroyed. Also demolished was the storehouse for finished products - household appliances, semi-finished products, household appliances production plant (vacuum cleaners, cookers, hair dryers, etc.) and iron rods storehouse. The administration building was also destroyed. Window panes on all surrounding buildings were smashed.
On 4 April 1999, at 3.20 a.m., "Sloboda" household appliances factory
Čačak was hit again by 8 missiles; plant for quartz stoves production and enamel processing was struck. Three workers - Tomislav Dobrosavljević (1959), Miroslav Randjić (1969) and Predrag Djukić (1950) sustained minor injuries.
On 6 April 1999, at 11.00 p.
m., facilities of ”Sloboda“ household appliances factory ”Sloboda“ Čačak were hit by four missiles.



Heating Plant in Belgrade

On 4 April 1999, at 4.30 a.m., fuel storage tanks of the Belgrade heating plant were hit. Six oil storage tanks were directly hit, while one was damaged. Pumping unit and pouring station on the river Sava were burned down as well as the guard’s house. The guard Slobodan Trišić (1946) from Novi Beograd was killed.



 153/99-3 Kri. No.469/99


Taken on 23 April 1999, before the investigative judge of the District Court in Belgrade, in the criminal proceedings against an unidentified person, for the criminal act from Article 141 of the Penal Code of Yugoslavia.


Investigative Judge
Ilija Simi
Radmila Trišić
Court Clerk
Stana Mitrić
  Also present at the testimony
Public Prosecutor
    The Accused
    Defense Counsel

Started at 9.00 a.m.

The witness was warned to tell the truth and not to withhold anything; he was warned of the consequences of giving false testimony and that he was not obliged to answer the questions likely to expose him or his next of kin to disgrace, substantial material damage or prosecution (Article 229 of the Law on Criminal Procedure), and gave the following answers to the general questions:

1. Name and surname Radmila Trišić
2. Father’s name Radomir
3. Occupation Worker
4. Place of abode Belgrade, 8/28 Dr Ivana Ribara Street
5. Place of birth Belo Polje, Kuršumlija
6. Date of birth 1 September 1952
7. Relationship to the accused or wronged party

With respect to the merits of the case, the witness stated the following:
The witness was warned to tell the truth and gave the following answers to the questions:
Since 1974 I have been married to the late Slobodan Trišić, fireman, born 8 February 1946 in Donja Orovica, municipality of Ljubovija, father’s name Dragoljub and mother’s name Vidosava.
We have two children - daughter Jelena, aged 20 and son Igor, aged 17.
For the past 9 years, my husband worked for the heating plant in Novi Beograd as a fireman. He was a good worker and was always praised for his work.
On 3 April 1999, around 5.20 p.m., he left home for work since his shift was from 6.00 p.m - 6.00 a.m. As usual, I saw him off to work not suspecting that anything wrong would take place.
We woke up during that night because of the explosion at 4.26 a.m. Some neighbours from the top floor said that the heating plant where my husband used to work was burning. I immediatley called the plant by phone and asked the colleague of my husband who worked in the same shift what had happened. He said, yes, we are on fire, but we are alive.
My son immediately went to the plant and, at about 9.00 a.m., I learned that my husband was killed in NATO bombing at his work place.
The loss of my husband has left me in a precarious material situation and I want that those responsible be held accountalble for his death.
I listened to the minutes being dictated out loud. I have no comments to make and sign them as my own.

 (sgd) Radunka Trišić


Court Clerk Investiative judge

(sgd) S. Mitrić (sgd) I. Simić




Compiled on behalf of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia - Secretariat of the Interior in ---- on the basis of Article 154, para 2, in connection with Article 238 of the Law on Criminal Procedure, Novi Beograd, Savski nasip 11, on 4 April 1999.

Investigation conducted by authorized official:
Velizar Madžgalj

Investigation carried out with the participation of expert witness
Saša Nikolić

Recording clerk
Danijela Vukojičić

Before the investigation began, the following has been established:
The arrival on the scene in the wake of the information that bombing took place.
(description of the event)

On 4 April 1999, at 4.35 a.m.

The investigation started at 7.00 a.m.
The following facts have been established on the scene:
The scene is Novi Beograd, 11 Savski nasip Street, within the compound of the Belgrade heating plant. The building of the pumping unit and the pouring station on the bank of the river Sava have been totally burned down, as well as the guard’s house, on the point "Sava", right behind the buildings. On the floor of the guard’s house, charred body of Slobodan Trišić was found, and twisted metal parts of an automatic rifle.
Six fuel storage tanks, located between the Sava river and the heating plant building were totally destroyed, while the seventh storage tank was only partially damaged. Fuel piping installations from the extraction unit on the Sava river to the storage tanks, and from the storage tanks, to the heating plant building, have been totally destroyed. All window panes on the heating plant building and on two depots to the right of the heating plant have been broken.
There were no other traces on the scene.

(sgd) Velizar Madžgalj


Investigations and Operations Division
4 April 1999

No. 1105/99


On 4 April 1999, at 4.35 a.m. in Novi Beograd, 11 Savski nasip Street, NATO warplanes bombed oil storage tanks of the Belgrade heating plant, hitting it by three missiles, destroying six oil storage tanks and damaging the seventh. In these oil tanks, 1,250 tons of crude oil were destroyed as well as 1,410 tons of crude petrol and 500 of waste crude oil. In the fire, the pumping unit and the pouring station on the Sava river bank and the nearby guard’s house were burnt. In the attack, Slobodan Trišić, a guard, father’s name Dragoljub, born 8 February 1946, residing in Novi Beograd, 88/28 Dr Ivana Ribara Street, identification number JMBG0802946710031, was killed and burned in the guard’s house.
The death was established on the scene by Dr Tijana Milošević (facsimile No. 66929), official doctor of the Ministry of the Interior and a death certificate was issued.
The investigating judge of the District Court in Belgrade, Dragoslav Rakić , ordered that autopsy be performed at the Institute of Forensic Medicine.
In the wake of the powerful blasts, all window panes on the building of the heating plant were broken, as well as those on two storages to the right of the heating plant
The fire was extinguished with the assistance of several fire trucks and an undetermined number of firemen and several vehicles of the fire unit of the Belgrade heating plant. Material damage is extensive and has not been established as yet.
On the scene, an interview was conducted with the commander of the fire unit of "Beogradske elektrane“ heating plant, Zoran Jovanović from Belgrade, residing at 187 Braće Jerkovića , who was working in the shift on the night of 3/ 4 April 1999, from 6.00 p.m. until 6.00 a.m.. He said that today, at 4.35 a.m., he heard three explosions in a short period of time, coming from the direction of oil tanks. He then heard a series of less intense detonations probably caused by burning oil in the tanks. He also said that in the guard post "Sava" near the pouring station, in the guard’s house, Slobodan Trišić was on duty. He was killed. Z. Jovanović spoke with him when he toured the guard posts that night. The above person provided information about the damage to the Beogradske elektrane heating plant, but was not able to give an estimate of the extent of damage.
It was established on the site that it is located in Novi Beograd, 11 Savski nasip, within the compound of Beogradske elektrane heating plant. The building of the pumping unit and the pouring station on the bank of the Sava river were totally burned as well as guard’s house on the guard post "Sava" right behind these facilities. In the guard’s house, on the floor there was a charred body of Slobodan Trišić and twisted metal parts of the automatic rifle used by the deceased. Six oil storage tanks, located between the Sava river and the heating plant building were totally destroyed while the seventh tank was partially damaged. Fuel piping from the pouring station on the Sava river bank to the oil tanks and from the oil tanks to the heating plant building is destroyed. All window panes on the heating plant building and two storages to the right of the building are smashed.
Criminology technician Saša Nikolić performed criminal-technical procedures on the scene.

(sgd) Velizar Madžgalj


Ministry of the Interior
Secretariat in Belgrade
File No. (KU, D) D-1105/99
No. of K.T. 100/1492/99
Code- No - year 4 April 1999


1. Type of act or event: dead person and damage caused by NATO bombing
2. Place and date: Novi Beograd, 11 Savski nasip Street
3. Involved parties : guard of Beogradske elektrane heating plant Slobodan Trišić, Beogradske elektrane heating plant and NATO
4. Description of the act: as stated in the report
5. Criminal/technical procedures: taking photos of the body and the site
6. Found clues or objects:
A) Traces of papillary lines (place of discovery, method of developing and mode of fixing)
Not looked for
B) Other traces and objects found on the site (type of traces, place of discovery and method of fixing) and remarks of relevance for further procedure:
On the site, photographs were taken of the building of the plant, storehouses, demolished oil storage tanks and the guard’s house in which the body of the late Slobodan Trišić was found. The body was found on the floor totally charred. Beside the body was a twisted automatic rifle. In several places in the vicinity of demolished oil storage tanks, fragments of exploded bombs were found.


Criminal technician
Saša Nikolić

Tobacco Industry (DIN) in Niš

On 5 April 1999, at 3.35 a.m., the compound of the "DIN" tobacco factory in Niš was hit by one missile. Storehouse of fermented tobacco with more than 800 tons of fermented tobacco was hit. A large part of the building has been totally destroyed.
Other facilities within the factory compound were also damaged. Also, due to the blast the following facilities were damaged: mechanical engineering school "15.maj", Mechanical Engineering Faculty, Civil Engineering Faculty, Electronics Faculty and a large number of office buildings, shops and apartments in the immediate vicinity. A stretch of the railway close to the main railway station has also been damaged.



Milan Blagojević Chemical Plants in Lučani

 On 5 April 1999, at 2.45 a.m., chemical plants ”Milan Blagojević“ in Lučani were hit by 10 missiles. ”Spheric powder“ plant was hit and destroyed.
On 6 April 1999, at 8.35 p.m. and 11.00 p.m., air strikes were carried out on chemical plants ”Milan Blagojević“ in Lučani.
On 8 April 1999, at 3.55 a.m., chemical plants ”Milan Blagojević“ in Lučani were again hit by 5 missiles. They hit and destroyed four chemical industry plants, two of which have been struck again. Other missiles fell outside the factory compound, in the area of a village close to Lučani-Guča road. In the attack, 200 family homes with farm houses were damaged. The residents had to move out.



Crvena Zastava Ltd in Kragujevac

On 9 April 1999, at 1.20 a.m. the facilities of "Crvena zastava" Ltd in Kragujevac (about 30.000 employees) came under missile attack. Two missiles hit and totally demolished the assembly line for "Jugo" car, while other plants were heavily damaged. The paint shop, the forging plant and "Zastava" energy plant were hit by one missile each. Some of the plants as well as the entire car factory - commercial vehicles have been totally destroyed. In the wake of the explosion, 64 residential and office buildings, public and private, in the center of the town and in the immediate vicinity of the enterprise were damaged.



Agricultural-Industrial Complex (PIK) Pešter, Dubinje near Sjenica




Plantation in Uroševac

On 12 April 1999, from 10.45 a.m. to 11.20 a.m., one bomb hit the orchard of "Plantaža" Plantation in Uroševac.


The Village of Rznic

On 12 April 1999, from 00.00 to 2.00 a.m., the village of Rznić, municipality of Dečani, was hit by six missiles. In the attack, civilian facilities were hit, including the Collective Farm. Extensive damage was inflicted.


Plastika Plastic Material Factory and Magistrala
Road Maintenance Enterprise in Priština

On 13 April 1999, at 3.00 p.m., the bus station in Priština, the "Plastika" factory in the suburb of "Kupusište" and a depot of the oil refinery NIS "Jugopetrol" were bombed. One missile fell and exploded in the "Dardanija" estate.

On 14 April 1999, at 1.50 a.m., in downtown Pristina, the bus station and the Plastika plastics factory were attacked again. Due to the bombing, in addition to an overpass on the road to Kosovo Polje, the building of the ”Magistrala“ road maintenance enterprise was demolished and its machinery were damaged. In the ”Dardanija“ estate, many cars parked nearby were damaged. Šefćet Trnava (born 1977) sustained serious bodily injuries and was retained for medical treatment in the Clinical Center in Priština. The Orthodox cemetery and ”Telekom“ radio relay on Gazimestan, in the village of Orlović, were repeatedly targeted.



Krušik Holding Corporation in Valjevo

On 14 April 1999, at 5.30 a.m., five missiles hit the facilities of the Holding Corporation "Krušik" in Valjevo. In the attack, the facilities of "Krušik Fixtures and Fittings", "Krušik Textile Machines", "Krušik Accumulators" and "Krušik Energy" were hit. Six workers sustained minor bodily injuries: Jordan Aleksić, Slobodan Lazić, Cvetko Obradović were hospitalized, while Zoran Veselinović, Dragan Sargić and Nedeljko Rakić were sent home after receiving medical help. In the explosion, a large number of apartment buildings and private houses were damaged in Valjevo, including the Medical Center ”Dr Miša Pantić“, Secondary Agricultural School in Valjevo, ”Jugopetrol“ gas station, railway station building and a large number of private craftmen’s shops and catering facilities.
On 17 April 1999, at 2.10 a.m., the facilities of the Holding Corporation "Krušik" in Valjevo were exposed to missile attacks.
In the attack, a large number of apartment buildings and houses in the immediate vicinity of the factory were also damaged.


14. oktobar Factory in Kruševac

On 15 April 1999, from 5.00 a.m till 5.15 a.m., the facilities of "14. oktobar" factory in Kruševac were hit. The first to come under the attack were the facilities of the process plant manufacturing mining equipment and machinery. Supporting pillar, craneway, crane, roof structure, sand plant, electrical wiring, heating installations, ventilation shaft were damaged rendering the facility unusable. In the second attack, construction machinery plant and parts treatment was targeted and demolished. At the same time, in the wider area of Kruševac several missiles were fired. The family house and farm machinery owned by Radovan Radovanović in Kruševac, as well as a house under construction belonging to Radivoje Bajkić on Moravska Street, also in Kruševac. One missile landed between the Gerontological Center and ”Bagdala“ estate. Blocks of flats and other dwelling houses in the vicinity were damaged.

 Facilities in Rakovica

On 15 April 1999, at 1.30 a.m., an air raid was carried out in Belgrade municipality of Rakovica. A large number of civilian public and private buildings were damaged: DP "Jugostroj", DP "Belgrade Bakery", DP "Rekord", DP "IMR", DP "DMB", DP "Minel", facilities within TC "Rakovica", Rakovica monastery, St Bartholomew and Varnava church, municipal building of Rakovica, Center for Culture and Education, Department Store "Beograd", administation building of the Secretarit of the Interior of Rakovica, Telekom Srbija building, secondary mechanical engineering school ”Radoje Dakić“, elementary school ”Ivo Andrić“, elementary school ”France Prešern“, preschool institution ”Izvorčić“, preschool institution ”Hajdi“, preschool institution ”Dimitrije Koturović“, Hotel ”21. maj“, Health Center ”Rakovica“, as well as a large number of shops and housing blocks in this municipality.

 Facilities in Kragujevac

On 15 April 1999, at 1.20 a.m. several misiles hit the city center of Kragujevac, i.e. the buildings in the vicinity of the railway and bus stations. In the attack, the building of "Zastava transport spedicija" Ltd was damaged and a dozen family houses in the vicinity.

 Facilities in Niš

On 15 April 1999, at 4.45 a.m., several missiles hit the city of Niš and its surroundings. Four missiles fell on Niš airport, two of them in the vicinity of "Medoševski Bridge". A large number of civilian buildings were damaged: administration buildings of DP "Feroks", "Papir servis", DP "Nada Tomić“, warehouse of ”Jagodinska pivara“, veterinary station.

 Prva Iskra Holding in Baric

On 17 April 1999, at 10.30 p.m., the facilities of ”Prva iskra - Holding“ in Barič sustained extensive damage. The ensuing fire was extinguished.