Missiles, explosives uncovered in Cairo stockroom

Missiles, explosives uncovered in Cairo stockroom

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Fri, 21/12/2012 - 16:45

Security forces uncovered dozens of missiles and explosives in a stock room in the Dar al-Salam district of Cairo, security sources said on Friday.

The weapons included two rocket-propelled grenade missiles, 10 mortar missiles, 61 anti-aircraft missiles, 28 projectiles and 22 explosives.

The owner of an unlicensed foundry confessed to the police that he had bought the weapons from a scrap stockyard in the Abu Regeila neighborhood, and that they had been discarded by the Armed Forces in Suez. Security forces went to the stockyard in question and arrested the security guard there. They also seized more weapons found onsite.

A police report was filed and the prosecution conducted initial investigations. Prosecutors ordered the arrest of the owner of the stockyard, whose whereabouts are unkown.

In October, security forces raided a flat in the Nasr City neighborhood, killed an alleged terrorism suspect and seized a number of sophisticated weapons.

There have been several reports of arms smuggling across the border with Libya in recent months.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm