Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Finnish police find Patriot missiles in cargo

HELSINKI —

Finnish police say they are investigating a cargo of 69 Patriot surface-to-air missiles found in a ship destined for the Chinese port of Shanghai.

The National Bureau of Investigation says the British-flagged M/S Thor Liberty arrived from northern Germany on Dec. 15 and docked in a Finnish port to load up with anchor chains.

The bureau said Wednesday that the vessel was held in port because it also contained materials for the manufacture of explosives.

It said police and customs officials are investigating whether the shipment broke Finnish laws on weapons trading.