Explosives stolen during break-in at French army depot

Police suspect organized crime behind theft but have not ruled out terrorism

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Explosives stolen during break-in at French army depot

Police suspect organized crime behind theft but have not ruled out terrorism

PARIS – Explosives, detonators and grenades were stolen from a military armory in the southern French town of Miramas, local media reported on Tuesday.

French radio station Europe 1 said a “pile” of plastic explosive, 180 detonators and around 40 grenades were stolen in the Sunday night break-in at the depot around 60 kilometers (37 miles) northwest of Marseilles.

The thieves – described by the station, citing investigators, as “military or former military men who knew the place” – cut through fences to get into the compound.

The investigation is focusing on organized crime members as being the perpetrators although terrorists have not been ruled out.

Miramas Mayor Frederic Vigouroux told Anadolu Agency: “We are shocked. This is a military site that is highly secure and well guarded by patrols. Military, police and gendarmerie are now all over the town in order to determine exactly what is missing, what happened and who’s responsible.”

The base is a supply depot for French military operations in Africa. A defense ministry spokesman declined to comment.