Italy seized ‘weapons of mass destruction’ parts

Italy seized 'weapons of mass destruction' parts
The weapons materials were seized in La Spezia. Photo: RichardLoveMyLife/Flickr
Customs officers in the northern Italian port of La Spezia have identified a shipment from China found last autumn as materials that could be used to make weapons of mass destruction.

The materials, addressed to a non-existent Lebanese company, were found in nine containers on a merchant ship from China and were destined for use in Syria, the Italian news agency ANSA reported on Tuesday.

The shipment, valued at several million euros, contained steel parts that are usually used to make heavy weapons, the agency said.

They were due to be transported overland to Syria via Libya.

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