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NEWS: Half-Ton of Fertilizer Stolen From French Port

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posted on May, 4 2004 @ 08:09 PM
Half a ton, approximately 1100 pounds of ammonium nitrate fertilizer was stolen over the Easter weekend from the French port of Honfleur. French officials are focusing their investigation on the Spanish Basque separatist group ETA as the culprit of the theft. Ammonium Nitrate is a common fertilizer but it has been used in many terrorist bombings and is a key ingredient for powerful bombs.

Half-Ton of Fertilizer Stolen From French Port
"The bag of fertilizer was stocked without surveillance on a quay of the port," said an official at the Honfleur port office, who asked not to be identified.
Ammonium nitrate is a common fertilizer but has been used in major terror attacks, including bombings on the resort island of Bali in 2002 and in Oklahoma City in 1995.
ETA's campaign of bombings and shootings has claimed more than 800 lives over several decades. The group seeks an independent Basque homeland in territory straddling northern Spain and southwest France.
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[Edited on 5-4-2004 by worldwatcher]

posted on May, 4 2004 @ 08:14 PM
So far, with all the thefts reported and other items that have turned up missing all around the globe. One has to wonder whether we're going to be looking at a massive, broad coordinated attack around the world.

It is disconcerting though that it takes so long to figure out that things have been stolen.

[Edited on 5/4/2004 by CommonSense]

posted on May, 5 2004 @ 06:07 PM
This may be also the terrorist group AZF wich is threating french railroads of bombing if the french state dont pay them 6 M and 10 M $.

posted on May, 5 2004 @ 06:28 PM
Maybe they decided they need all of that to grow some food?

posted on May, 5 2004 @ 06:31 PM
You dont know about the group AZF ?

posted on May, 6 2004 @ 08:34 AM
hey nans, didn't french officials says they caught like 6 or more members of AZF??? I thought I heard that a few weeks ago but can't seem to find the article.

[Edited on 5-6-2004 by worldwatcher]

posted on May, 6 2004 @ 08:37 AM
Uhm, isn't that stuff readily available from farms or home stores?

posted on May, 6 2004 @ 11:39 AM
Yeah, Nerdling, you can get it, but not in 1100 lb bags.

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