Romanian Arms Supplier: Bulgarian Firm Responsible for Stolen Munitions

Crime | July 17, 2011, Sunday // 19:42
Bulgaria: Romanian Arms Supplier: Bulgarian Firm Responsible for Stolen Munitions Bulgaria-bound detonators went missing from a train on the way from Brasov to Bulgaria. Map by

Romanian company ROMARM, the producers of detonators for a Bulgarian company which have been stolen from Romanian train, has declared it was not responsible for the explosives.

A total of 64 detonators for rockets shipped from the Romanian city of Brasov to Bulgaria are found to have disappeared from the train that was transporting them even though the shipment was guarded by 10 Romanian gendarmerie officers, the Bulgarian National Radio reported Sunday.

The absence of the arms shipment was discovered Saturday afternoon at the customs office in Romania's Giurgiu, right before the train was supposed to enter into Bulgaria.

Romania's military prosecutor's office has taken up the investigation of the case. It is still unknown in what part of the journey the detonators went missing but the seals on two of the railway cars are found to have been broken.

A private Bulgarian company, not the Bulgarian Army, was supposed to receive the four containers with detonators bound for Bulgaria that have been, according to the Bulgarian Defense Ministry.

ROMARM said in a statement Sunday, as cited by BGNES, that its unit TOHAN - Zarnesti had an arms supply contract with a Bulgarian company, without naming it.

Under the contract, the transfer of the munitions took place in Brasov, and subsequently the receiver of the goods was responsible for their safety.

According to ROMARM, the Bulgarian firm made contract with a Romanian firm that was supposed to provide for the security of the arms shipment on Romanian territory.

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Tags: Bulgarian Army, Defense Ministry, gendarmerie, Giurgiu, Brasov, train, explosives, Romania, detonators, ROMARM, munitions, arms factory
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