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Storm surrounds ship's cargo

Mystery still surrounds the intended use of explosives found on board a ship, seized off the Greek coast. Greece has described the 640 ton cargo – which was bound for Sudan – as similar to “an atomic bomb”. But the Sudanese Government has criticised the seizure and backed claims by a Khartoum-based company that the explosives were destined for cement factories and road-building firms. Documents from the ship described the cargo as Anfo, an explosive made by mixing ammonium nitrate with fuel oil. But explosives experts have told BBC News Online that shipping any Anfo at all was a highly unusual move. “It is a homemade explosive, and not something normally sold as mixed,” said Garth Whitty, a former weapons inspector and now head of the Homeland Security department of the Royal United Services Institute. Full Story

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