American troops storm Bulgaria olive oil factory by accident
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Work stopped in a Bulgarian factory that produces olive oil processing machinery when it was accidentally stormed by American soldiers on a training exercise.
The US military apologised for the incident, explaining that paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade had been practising how to seize and secure the decommissioned Cheshnegirovo air base but had strayed too far into buildings outside its perimeter that are occupied by local businesses.
A statement said: "We will implement rigorous procedures to clearly define our training areas and prevent this type of incident in the future.”
Marin Dimitrov, the factory’s owner, said: “Around 1.30pm about seven soldiers jumped over our fence. They entered the factory while pointing their weapons. The first people they saw were asked to sit down, and they did sit down, because they were scared.
"The US soldiers went through the whole premises of the factory. Then they just left from the same place from where they entered, went over the fence and that was it.” Mr Dimitrov has not ruled out legal action.
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