In a major operation involving the police and customs officials of five European countries, Turkish officials have seized 10 tons of ammunition worth, on the underground arms market, in the region of two million dollars.
GV Impounded lorry
SV Plain clothes policeman lowering tailboard on lorry.
CU Policeman handling boxes of 9mm shells.
SV Police raising floorboards of lorry to show boxes of ammunition. (3 shots)
CU Boxes of shells
SV Police closing tailboard of lorry.
SV Military policeman walking alongside lorries.
CU & GV Lorry on roadside.
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Background: In a major operation involving the police and customs officials of five European countries, Turkish officials have seized 10 tons of ammunition worth, on the underground arms market, in the region of two million dollars.
SYNOPSIS: The ammunition had been hidden in secret compartments of a truck which it is thought had picked up the 9mm rounds in Germany and driven the load through Austria, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria before it was finally stopped and impounded in Turkey. What the ammunition was intended for, and where it was bought has not been revealed by the Turkish police. Five people have been arrested and police throughout Europe are searching for another six.
The lorry-load of ammunition had successfully passed into Turkey in a shipment described as textile machinery. At the border it was supposed to have been searched.... and the customs officers who checked the lorry have now been suspended.
Turkish police who swooped on the shipment were acting on a tip-off from Interpol, who had warned them five days earlier that the ammunition was on its way from Germany. The ammunition was seized in an early-morning raid on the Istanbul area of Topkapi. Later, in a major security operation, it was taken to the headquarters of Turkey's First Army in Selimiye, in Istanbul.