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Singapore may be destination of arms shipment detected at Vietnam airport

Sunday, August 02, 2015, 14:44 GMT+7
Singapore may be destination of arms shipment detected at Vietnam airport
Military handguns seized by customs officers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on July 31, 2015

The final destination of the weapon shipment discovered at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday may be Singapore, a source from the Customs Department of Ho Chi Minh City told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

The batch of weapons, including 94 military handguns and 472 magazines hidden complicatedly on a flight from Turkey, might have been imported by a Singaporean agency into Singapore, the source said. The shipment was coded “SG” and cargo loaders could have mistaken it for “Saigon,” which is the former name of Ho Chi Minh City but is still in use now, instead of “Singapore,” it added. So the cargo was arranged on a flight bound for the southern Vietnamese economic hub, the source said.

According to this source, such mistakes in cargo storage and delivery frequently occur at international airports, and many shipments have already been mistakenly shipped to Tan Son Nhat.

Some local media reports cited their sources as stating that the arms shipment was ordered by Singaporean police for the protection of their state officials, and due to some errors, the batch was delivered to Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

On Friday, customs officers at Tan Son Nhat, in conjunction with the Ministry of Public Security’s General Economic Security Department and other units, launched an unexpected inspection of the Turkish flight and discovered the illicit firearms originating from the Czech Republic.

The Customs Department of Ho Chi Minh City and the General Economic Security Department then said they were investigating the case, which they said seriously affects Vietnam’s national security and social order and safety.

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