The Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case about a terrorist attack committed by a group of people and causing significant damage at the enterprise (Part 2 of Article 205 of the Criminal Code) following an explosion at the Tambov Gunpowder Plant on November 11, 2023. Kommersant reports this with reference to sources.
According to preliminary data, the plant was attacked by a drone. Wheels, a fragment of an engine, a carburetor, a chassis and other parts believed to have made up the drone were recovered from the scene. The impact, judging by the damage, hit the roof of the building, the publication writes.
The case was opened by the fourth investigative department of the department for the investigation of war crimes, genocide and rehabilitation of Nazism of the Main Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee. This department, according to Kommersant, investigates all significant crimes committed using drones and missiles on Russian territory.
A fire at a powder factory in Kotovsk, Tambov region, occurred on the night of November 11. Telegram channels, citing eyewitnesses, wrote that it was preceded by an explosion. The Ministry of Emergency Situations reported that the fire broke out in a separate one-story building of the plant, no one was injured, and the company’s personnel were not evacuated. The department said after the fire that it was establishing its cause.
On June 20 this year, an explosion also occurred at the enterprise. The publication’s law enforcement sources reported that the cause of the explosion was a violation of safety requirements during the dismantling of equipment for the production of pyroxylin using power tools.
Five plant employees died. The regional department of the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case on violation of safety rules during construction work, which resulted through negligence in the death of two or more persons (Part 3 of Article 216 of the Criminal Code). The governor of the region, Maxim Egorov, then said that the cause of the fire was a human factor and “this is not a terrorist attack.”