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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-21-11 08:16 PM
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Finland impounds shipment of Patriot missiles, explosives in ship destined for Shanghai
Source: Washington Post.







(Kimmo Mntyl, Lehtikuva/Associated Press) - Cargo ship M/S Thor Liberty at the Mussalo harbour in Kotka, Finland Wednesday Dec. 21 2011. Finnish customs found 69 Patriot surface to air missiles on the British flagged ship, destined for the Chinese port of Shanghai from Germany. Police and customs officials are investigating whether the shipment broke Finnish laws on weapons trading.

By Associated Press,

HELSINKI Finnish authorities on Wednesday impounded 160 tons of explosives and 69 surface-to-air missiles found on a British-flagged cargo ship ultimately destined for Shanghai, China, officials said.

The M/S Thor Liberty sailed from the north German port of Emden on Dec. 13 and two days later docked in Kotka, southern Finland, to pick up a cargo of anchor chains, Finnish Customs spokesman Petri Lounatmaa said.
Investigating officers didnt know the origin of the Patriot missiles or who was supposed to receive them, he said.

We have impounded the explosives and missiles and asked the Defense Ministry to transport and store them, Lounatmaa said. At this stage we dont know where it (the cargo) was loaded on the ship or if the Thor Liberty planned a drop before its port of destination in China.

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Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/finnish-poli...



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Kokonoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-21-11 09:01 PM
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1. Anchor chains
China can make it.
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angrycaveman Donating Member (5 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-21-11 11:10 PM
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2. China first needs a working model before...
they can reverse engineer it.
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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-21-11 11:35 PM
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3. Someone puts missiles on a China-bound ship & there's no recipient on the "package?"
WTF? :wtf:
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dtexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-22-11 02:40 PM
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4. Didn't make it past the Finnish line.
;-)

And thank goodness!
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