Replica rifle confiscated at Athens airport

Customs police at Athens International Airport on Monday confiscated a cardboard box containing a Kalashnikov assault rifle which appeared to be a collector’s item, a non-operational weapon.

The weapon had been carefully wrapped in aluminum foil in an apparent bid by the sender to get it through the airport’s X-ray machine, according to a statement by authorities.

The replica gun had been addressed to a store in Germany that sells such collectors’ items, according to sources.