Spanish police report that they have found a major weapons cache, with thousands of illegal weapons that were to be sold on the black market to terrorist organizations and organized criminal gangs. Among the weapons in the seizure are anti-aircraft artillery guns and grenade launchers.
Somewhere between 10,000 and 12,000 weapons were seized. 8,000 of them were ready for use.
From before, we know that terrorists have used weapons that were previously sealed. It was the case with the weapons that were used during the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, and it is also the case with many of these weapons.
Such weapons were also used when the Jewish Museum in Brussels came under attack on 24 May 2014 by Islamists, and it is as a result of the investigation of this attack that led Spanish police and Interpol onto the trail of the criminal network which has now been revealed, writes abc.es and other Spanish media.
Police have arrested five people. All are Spanish nationals. The operation was carried out simultaneously in the towns of Olot, Liendo, Galdakao and Getxo.
In Getxo, police found a workshop to make sealed weapons into active weapons.
They also found large quantities of spare parts, money and ammunition in various calibres.
The five arrested all had permission to sell and buy sealed weapons as collectors.
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