Turkey seizes weapons bound to Syria
Turkish authorities seized weapons hidden among construction materials on a Syria-bound train from Iran after Kurdish guerrillas bombed and derailed the train, according to a government official and news reports Wednesday.
The official told the AP the cargo included machine guns and pistols. The private Dogan news agency said it included a rocket launch pad and 300 rockets as well as other weapons and ammunition.
The container was discovered when authorities checked the cargo of the train, attacked by Kurdish fighters on May 25. They had derailed eight cars of the train in a bomb blast near the town of Genc in Bingol province.
Private NTV television said authorities had launched an investigation into the weapons discovery.
On Tuesday evening, Turkish authorities forced a Syrian plane flying from Iran to land in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir and searched it for weapons. No arms were found.