Russian cargo ship allegedly full of explosives detained in PE harbour

Russian cargo ship allegedly full of explosives detained in PE harbour

- A Russian cargo ship was detained in the Port of Ngqura, 20 km northeast of Port Elizabeth, after it was suspected of carrying explosives and weapons

- The illegal shipment was found after an anonymous source gave authorities a tip-off

- It's believed the shipment (worth around R50 million) was on its way to the USA and Nigeria

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Port authorities found explosives on board the Russian vessel, named The Lada, on Sunday. The explosives have been referred to as weapons of mass destruction - a rather worrying choice of words.

It was reported by The South African that The Lada is anchored about 15 km off the Nelson Mandela Bay coastline at the moment. Solar India is the company that dispatched the containers.

Authorities told the vessel to anchor there while the matter is investigated by the Hawks. The Lada did produce all the necessary permits.

What exactly was found on the ship is being kept a secret for now.

Briefly.co.za gathered the estimated value of the weapons and explosives are R50 million.

The ship in question was inspected after authorities were tipped off by an anonymous source about it. By then it had already offloaded 14 containers.

20 other containers were stowed away, all filled with illegal explosives and weapons.

It is believed the containers were heading for the USA and Nigeria.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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