Stolen missiles turn up at rubbish dump

Five mortar rounds and two anti-tank missiles that were stolen from an army camp last year have been found at a garbage dump near the village of Sapes in northeastern Greece, police said yesterday. There had been concerns that the munitions would be used by a terrorist group but after investigating the scene where the missiles were found, anti-terrorist officers handed the case over to the local police, apparently ruling out any link to an urban guerrilla group. Police sources said that the most likely scenario is that the shells were stolen so they could be sold but that the thieves were unable to find any buyers, especially as they had not taken the necessary launchers or firing mechanisms. The mortar rounds and missiles were reported missing from an army munitions facility near Alexandroupolis last November.

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