As activists judges in the U.S. continue to thwart President Donald Trump’s promise to keep America safe from radical Islamic extremists, a huge weapons cache intended for terrorists has been seized in Spain.
The enormity of the arsenal is unprecedented – at least 12,000 weapons that ultimately would have landed in the hands of terrorists in Europe through the black market. Spanish police have now released photographs of the weapons that were confiscated in January.
The anti-terrorist operation stopped weapons including anti-aircraft guns, howitzers and grenades from falling into the hands of extremists in France, Spain and Belgium. Some of the weaponry was said to be powerful enough to “bring down an aircraft.”
According to The Sun:
Europe announced the vast haul in January but only now have Spanish police published images of the devastating arsenal. Among the stash were 10,000 rifles, 400 howitzers, anti-aircraft guns, grenades, pistols and revolvers.
Spanish cops also found a factory in Bilbao maintaining and reactivating old guns so they could be re-used. Much of the cache is thought to have been bought legally through auctions before being reactivated.
They were then sold from the Spanish distribution centre which used a sports shop as its legal front. Five people were arrested following the raid back in January.
A Europol statement said: “The seized weapons had an easy journey in the black market and posed a significant risk of being acquired by organised crime groups and terrorists.”
A probe into European gun runners was launched following an attack on Brussels’ Jewish Museum in May 2014. The attacker Mehdi Nemmouche was later arrested in Marseille, France, while carrying a Kalashnikov.
Following the original raid, Spanish police tweeted: “These are the 12,000 weapons, some capable of bringing down aircraft, intercepted from organized crime.”