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Libyan-bound ship carrying explosive material seized in Greece

Libya-bound ship seized in GreeceGreek authorities seized a Tanzanian-flagged ship heading for Libya carrying materials used to make explosives, the coastguard said.

The vessel was detected sailing near Crete on Saturday. Authorities found 29 containers carrying materials including ammonium nitrate, non-electric detonators and 11 empty liquefied petroleum gas tanks.

“The materials were headed to Libya,” Rear Admiral Ioannis Argiriou told reporters. He said the material could be used “for all sorts of work, from work in quarries to making bombs and acts of terrorism”.

European Union and United Nations-imposed arms embargoes prohibit the sale, supply or transfer of arms to Libya since 2011.

According to the ship’s bill of lading, the cargo was loaded in the Turkish ports of Mersin and Iskenderum and was destined for Djibouti and Oman.

But the coastguard said a preliminary investigation found the captain was ordered by the vessel’s owner to sail to Misrata to unload and deliver the entire cargo.

No shipping maps were found on the ship’s logbook for the Djibouti and Oman areas, the coastguard said.

The eight-member crew was arrested and will appear before a prosecutor.

 
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