Greece captures ship of explosives bound for Sudan
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Tuesday, June 24, 2003
ATHENS Ñ Greek officials said a ship captured in the Ionian Sea over the weekend was packed with
680 tons of explosives that could have been ordered by Al Qaida agents. They
said the ship, which also contained mostly 8,000 detonators, was headed for
Officials said they were examining the prospect that Islamic insurgency
groups, such as Al Qaida, ordered the explosives. They said the end-user of
the explosives was Integrated Chemicals and Development, the address of
which is a post office box in Khartoum.
Greek Merchant Marines Minister Georges Anomeritis told a news conference on Monday that the ship, Baltic Sky,
sailed from Albania on April 27 to Tunisia. In the Tunisian port of Gabes,
the explosives, mostly TNT, and detonators were loaded. The Baltic Sky then
sailed to Istanbul for food, fuel and a change of crew.
"We are sure that the boat was loaded in Tunisia and was heading for
Khartoum," Anomeritis said. "As no
one knows where the explosives were going, no one knows what they were going
to be used for."
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"This is the biggest quantity of explosives ever seized in the world
from a boat sailing illegally," the Greek Merchant Marine Ministry said in a
Later, the official Egyptian news agency, Mena, reported that it had
located Integrated Chemicals and Development. Mena quoted the company's
director, Issam Bakri Khalifa, as saying that the cargo of explosives
obtained approval from authorities in Sudan and Tunisia and was meant for
Greek officials said Athens has been in contact with several countries,
including Russia, in an attempt to identify the explosives. They said Russia
suspects that the explosives were of a similar type used in the war against
Moscow by Chechen separatists.
"Someone could think that it would have some connection with terrorist
groups," Anomeritis said. "Who knows?"