500 kilos of 'bomb' fertilizer stolen in France

4th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

HONFLEUR, France, May 4 (AFP) - Prosecutors in northern France have launched an inquiry into last month's theft of 500 kilos (1,100 pounds) of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer commonly used in terrorist bombs, police said Tuesday.

HONFLEUR, France, May 4 (AFP) - Prosecutors in northern France have launched an inquiry into last month's theft of 500 kilos (1,100 pounds) of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer commonly used in terrorist bombs, police said Tuesday.

The chemical was stolen from the quayside in the northern port town, located at the mouth of the Seine river, over Easter weekend, but the theft was only discovered on Monday, police said.

"A theft like this one happens frequently on the quays," sources close to the investigation said, adding that stocks of ammonium nitrate stored in the port in large quantities are not subject to any particular security measures.

A mix of ammonium nitrate and fuel was used in the February 1993 attack against the World Trade Center in New York, which killed six people and wounded 1,000, and in the April 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, which killed 168 people.

The storage of some 300 tonnes of the fertilizer at the AZF chemical factory in the southwestern city of Toulouse led to an explosion in September 2001, which killed 30 people and injured more than 1,000 others.

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