The Tancos military base in Portugal

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The housebreaking apparently occurred at evening in an space the place CCTV had been damaged for a while

Days after weapons and explosives have been taken from a navy warehouse in Portugal, the dimensions of the theft is turning into clear.

A Spanish web site has revealed an in depth record of grenades, ammunition and explosives seized from the Tancos website, north-east of Lisbon.

President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has known as for a no-holds-barred investigation into the raid.

Hyperlinks to arms thefts in different Nato states must be checked out, he added.

There was no point out of which different nations he had in thoughts.

The theft was found on 28 June and particulars have been handed on to Portugal’s Nato allies.

The housebreaking is assumed to have taken place at evening at part of the safety perimeter the place closed-circuit cameras had been damaged for over two years.

The Portuguese defence minister initially described the raid as “critical” however the dimension of the lacking arsenal solely emerged when El Español (in Spanish) published what it mentioned was a listing of the stolen armaments. Among the many weapons taken have been:

  • 1,450 9mm ammunition cartridges
  • 150 hand grenades
  • 44 anti-tank grenades
  • 18 tear gasoline grenades
  • 102 explosive expenses
  • 264 items of plastic explosive

El Español mentioned it had seen the record after it was handed to Spain’s anti-terror forces.

President de Sousa mentioned a far-reaching investigation ought to look into the “information and obligations” and known as for measures to be taken to forestall such a theft “of accelerating seriousness” from taking place once more.

5 navy commanders have been suspended whereas an inner investigation takes place, the BBC’s Lisbon correspondent experiences.

There was no indication they have been straight concerned within the raid, chief of workers Gen Frederico Rovisco Duarte mentioned on Sunday. Nonetheless, their items have been considered in command of securing and monitoring the storage space.

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Army figures are mentioned to be trying into whether or not the thieves acted on inside info

Pictures have been fired near Tancos navy base which is hope to a engineering regiment late on Sunday evening. No-one was damage. The regiment’s commander was one of many 5 people suspended.

A Nato spokesman made no touch upon the theft, referring the BBC to the Portuguese authorities.

Senior navy figures have been reportedly investigating whether or not the thieves had acted on inside info. The armed forces’ prime brass have been as a result of meet on Monday to debate the case.