“Enough to start a small war” — US seizes illicit weapons in Arabian Sea

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The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey has seized an illicit shipment of weapons from a stateless dhow in international waters of the North Arabian Sea.

A statement from U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs office says the USS Monterey seized enough weapons in the North Arabian Sea to “start a small war”. The seizure was made on 6th and 7th of May.

The Monterey discovered the cargo during a routine flag verification boarding conducted in international waters in accordance with “customary international law”.

The cache of weapons included dozens of advanced Russian-made anti-tank guided missiles, thousands of Chinese Type 56 assault rifles, and hundreds of PKM machine guns, sniper rifles and rocket-propelled grenades launchers.  Other weapon components included advanced optical sights.

The origin of the weapons and their intended destination is currently under investigation.

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