Turkey Arrests Iranian For Smuggling Russian Antitank Missile Parts

Turkish authorities say they have arrested an Iranian national suspected of smuggling components of a Russian-made antitank missile system from Ukraine in order to deliver them to a terrorist group.

The Turkish Customs and Trade Ministry said on April 30 that the man was detained in the city of Zonguldak, on Turkey’s Black Sea coast, following a search of his truck after it arrived by boat from Ukraine.

The ministry said in a statement that documents officially listed diapers as the truck’s cargo, but that the vehicle was actually carrying the “main” components of two Russian-made antitank missile systems used by armed groups, including Islamic State militants and Kurdish rebels.

The ministry said authorities believe the missile parts had probably been sent for repairs and were being returned to a terror organization.

The suspect, identified by the ministry by his initials — E.E. — was detained and a court subsequently ordered him to remain in custody, authorities said.

Source: / rferl /

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