Report: 43 Anti-aircraft Missiles Found In Algeria


Salon Staff
February 20, 2012 9:45PM (UTC)

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian daily reports that security services have found 43 anti-aircraft missiles hidden in the sand near the Libyan border.

The French-language daily El Watan on Monday quoted unnamed security officials as saying the missiles were found in the town of In Amenas in southern Algeria. Government officials would not confirm the report.

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The paper says the cache included Russian designed SA-24 antiaircraft missiles and the shoulder-fired SAM-7 from the arsenal of the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

According to the U.S., Libya amassed some 20,000 shoulder-fired anti-aircraft weapons, the largest such stockpile in a nonproducing country.

Algerian authorities have warned that weapons from Libya's civil war could call into terrorist hands.


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