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Weapons, Allegedly Destined for Iran, Seized in Latvia

Security police and customs officials in the Latvian capital, Riga, have seized what was described as a sizable illegal shipment of weapons reportedly bound for Iran. Experts say the aging gear was likely bound for terrorist groups for the purpose of updating and repairing existing equipment. Latvian police say the shipment, disguised as farm products, actually contained night vision goggles, spare parts for armored vehicles and anti-aircraft systems. According to the police, the illegal cargo seized at Riga’s airport weighs in at 28 tons and has an estimated value of $315,000. Authorities believe the shipment came from Russia and was destined for Iran. No one has been detained in connection with the incident, which is under investigation. Officials said the shipment attracted police attention because it did not include proper licenses authorizing export, and it failed to clarify the origin of the goods. Authorities are investigating the possibility that the cargo was shipped by several offshore companies. Full Story

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