by Hadi Fornaji
Tripoli, 29 June:
Egypt has hailed its biggest-ever arms find after its security forces today intercepted smugglers outside Mersah Matrouh, . . .[restrict]on the coastal road from Libya.
The haul of weapons seized today after a tip-off, was being carried in a truck and a car. It included 138 Grad rockets and around 7,000 rounds of ammunition, said Egypt’s interior minister General Mohammed Ibrahim, interviewed by AP.
When the vehicles were stopped a firefight broke out, during which a smuggler was killed, while others were captured. One of these reportedly told Egyptian investigators that the weapons had come from Sirte and were en route to Egypt’s Sinai peninsula and from there to the Gaza Strip. The Egyptians have not yet revealed how many smugglers were involved nor their nationality. [/restrict]