20kg of TNT seized at Taiwan airport
- Published: 1/10/2013 at 06:08 PM
- Online news:
Taiwan customs authorities have intercepted 20 kilogrammes of TNT explosives at a Taipei airport from a flight that arrived from Hong Kong on Monday, authorities said on Tuesday.
The explosives were found in a package sent via express delivery, with accompanying documentation listing the contents as lighting fixtures, according to Taipei Customs, in cooperation with the Aviation Police Office.
After arousing the suspicion of customs agents during X-ray screening following its arrival on a China Airlines flight, the package was opened, whereupon a bomb-like device with fuses attached was found.
The China Airlines flight arrived at Taoyuan International Airport on the outskirts of Taipei in the early hours of Monday.
According to Taiwan's Liberty Times daily, the package carries what appears to be a printed label using simplified Chinese characters used in mainland China that says, "The merchandise is not safe. Hand-carrying strictly prohibited."
Authorities suspect that the explosives were sent from China via Hong Kong and said they have effectively prevented an attack on the island.
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