Italy seizes huge explosive cargo from Iran to Syria

Published September 23rd, 2010 - 07:49 GMT
explosives found
explosives found

Italian police have seized seven tons of the powerful RDX explosives from a container ship suspected to be on its way to Syria from Iran, according to authorities. Anti-mafia police forces located the explosives hidden in a shipment of powdered milk at the port of Gioia Tauro in southern Calabria, Italian news agencies reported.

Carmelo Casabona, the region's police chief, said investigators are not yet sure of who was in control of the shipment, but it appeared that it originally travelled from Iran. Reports in Italy said the huge quantity could have destroyed the entire port.  

Also known as T4, RDX is a powerful military grade explosive. 

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