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Finnish Police Find Patriot Missiles In Cargo

Finnish police say several dozen surface-to-air Patriot missiles were found in a ship's cargo.
Finnish authorities say they have found around 160 tons of explosives and 69 Patriot surface-to-air missiles on a cargo ship bearing a British flag and ultimately destined for China.

Detective superintendent Timo Virtanen of the National Bureau of Investigation said dock workers found massive amounts of picric acid -- an explosive -- and the Patriot missiles.

They alerted inspectors upon making the discovery.

Officials say they do not know the origin of the missiles, or who was supposed to receive them.

Interior Minister Paivi Rasanen told reporters that the Patriot missiles were listed as "fireworks" in the ship's manifest.

The missiles apparently lacked a transit permit, and have been handed over to the Finnish military.

An investigation has been launched into a possible breach of Finnish export and weapons trading laws.

compiled from agency reports

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