Report: Plane seized in Bangkok carried weapons for Hizbullah

Published December 14th, 2009 - 10:04 GMT

Weapons aboard a cargo plane discovered in Bangkok were destined for Hizbullah, Israel's Yediot Aharonot daily quoted Western intelligence sources as saying. A Thai government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn said the plane was heading to "a destination in the Middle East" to unload the weapons.


A Thai court on Monday extended by 12 days the detention of four Kazakhs and a man from Belarus who flew into Thailand on the plane carrying more than 35 tons of weapons from North Korea.


The cache, including missiles, rocket-propelled grenades and components for surface-to-air missiles, was discovered after the pilot from Belarus and the four other crew landed to refuel at Bangkok's domestic Don Mueang airport on Friday, officials said.


Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Sunday it was not yet clear why the weapons were being transported. "We only know they were due to refuel in Sri Lanka (after Bangkok)," Abhisit told reporters. According to the CNN, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence said there were no shipments scheduled in the country either by air or sea from North Korea.



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