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Iraq Suppresses Attempt to Smuggle 40 Tons of Weapons From Czech Republic: Reports

RIA Novosti

14:46 05/11/2014

BAGHDAD, November 5 (RIA Novosti) - The Iraqi government has announced that it has managed to suppress an attempt to smuggle more than 40 tons of weapons into the country, a local TV channel reported Wednesday.

According to Al Taghier channel, a cargo plane traveling from the Czech Republic with 40 tons of small arms on board attempted to land at the airport in the city of Sulaymaniyah in the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Air traffic controllers did not allow the airplane to land, despite having permission from the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority. The plane landed at Baghdad International Airport to refuel, where local authorities discovered that there were weapons on board instead of cigarettes which were the officially declared cargo.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi ordered the detention of the aircraft and the cargo on board, as well as an investigation into the supplier and the recipient of the smuggled weapons.

The channel also refers to the Czech Ambassador in Baghdad, who has pledged to launch an investigation to determine how the contraband cargo with forged documents managed to leave the Czech Republic.

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