Tunisia seizes shipload of weapons


Tunisian officials have seized a vessel loaded with undeclared weapons, including armoured vehicles.

The 107 metre long vessel, called the Ural and registered under the Panamanian flag, was intercepted on 16 February off the port of Sfax and found to be carrying trucks, armoured personnel carriers and equipment for military camps.

Also on board were “24 containers whose content was not declared, and which are suspected of containing weapons and ammunition”, a statement from Tunisia’s Customs’ General Directorate said. The ship was subsequently searched in Sfax.

According to ship tracking websites, the vessel was on its way from Novorossiysk in Russia to Douala, Cameroon, when it was forced to call on Sfax due to mechanical failure.