US Special Forces Mistakenly Storm Factory In Bulgaria [Video]

U.S. soldiers mistakenly stormed a factory that makes vegetable oil equipment in Bulgaria during a training exercise last month in an incident that has led to criticism from America’s Eastern European ally and a lawsuit from the factory’s owner.

U.S. soldiers entered and cleared a building next to an airfield in southern Bulgaria that they believed was part of the training area, the U.S. Army said in a statement Tuesday.

But there were Bulgarian civilians “operating a private business” in the building, it said, adding that no weapons were fired at any time during the interaction.

The soldiers had simulated seizing and securing a decommissioned airfield in the town of Cheshnegirovo as part of the exercise, the statement said.

“We sincerely apologize to the business and its employees,” it added. “We always learn from these exercises and are fully investigating the cause of this mistake.”

The statement did not identify the company, but The Associated Press released surveillance video shared by KIM Engineering Ltd. that showed soldiers in camouflage roaming through a factory-like facility with guns drawn.

KIM Engineering makes vegetable oil refinement equipment, according to its website, and is based next to the Cheshnegirovo airfield.

Company owner Marin Dimitrov has filed suit, according to the A.P., calling the raid “an illegal invasion of private property,” saying he was…

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