Greece Seizes Ship Loaded with Explosives
23 Jun 2003, 11:59 UTC
Greek authorities have opened an investigation to determine whether 680 tons of explosives found on a cargo ship seized Sunday were destined for a terrorist group.
Special forces troops were acting on a tip when they boarded the vessel in Greek territorial waters.
Greek Merchant Marine Minister Georges Anomeritis says the ship's manifest indicated the cargo as being destined for a firm in Sudan. But he says initial inquiries showed that the post office box in Khartoum listed as the company's address does not exist.
The vessel was flying the flag of Comoros, the small Indian Ocean island nation off the coast of Africa. It was escorted to the port of Platiyali, northwest of Athens, for further inspections.
The vessel's seven-man crew - five from Ukraine and two from Azerbaijan - is in Greek custody. The crew members are to be questioned Monday.
Authorities are yet to determine whether the explosives found on the ship are legal. Police officials say the cargo contains detonators and various explosives.
The ship, the Baltic Sky, is owned by Alpha Shipping, a company registered in the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific.
Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.
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