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Pakistan Bound Ship Held UN Weapons

Monday, 28 Jun 2010 05:55 AM

DHAKA — Bangladesh's army said Monday that an arms-laden ship bound for Pakistan detained by Indian authorities last week was returning weapons used during a UN peacekeeping mission.

The MV Aegean Glory, bound for Karachi, was seized last Friday 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of the Indian city of Kolkata. It contained explosives, rocket launchers, anti-aircraft guns and bombs, Indian officials said.

The ship was returning decommissioned weapons used by Pakistani peacekeepers during a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Liberia, Bangladesh armed forces spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Kazi Kabirul Islam said in a statement.

"The ship left Chittagong Port on June 24 after unloading 32 containers of weapons and military vehicles. The unloading was supervised by a UN designated local shipping agent called Sun Shine Business Limited," he said.

He said the ship was carrying decommissioned weapons used by Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Nepalese UN peacekeeping contingents.

On Saturday West Bengal police director general Bhupinder Singh told AFP that authorities also suspected the weaponry had been used in a UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia.

The UN sent 15,000 troops into Liberia in 2003 after 14 years of civil war that claimed roughly 270,000 lives.

In April, the UN peacekeeping force in Liberia (UNMIL) began scaling back its presence after a UN and government assessment in 2007 that the country was gradually moving towards peace and stability.

The 153-metre- (500-foot-) long Panama-registered ship was detained following an intelligence tip-off, police said.

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DHAKA — Bangladesh's army said Monday that an arms-laden ship bound for Pakistan detained by Indian authorities last week was returning weapons used during a UN peacekeeping mission.
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