Poland said on Friday it was almost certain it had located a buried Nazi German train, rumored to have gone missing near the close of World War Two loaded with guns and jewels.
Photographs taken using ground-penetrating radar equipment showed a train more than 100 meters (330 feet) long, the first official confirmation of its existence, Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski said.
The vehicle was armored, suggesting it was carrying a special cargo, "probably military equipment but also possibly jewellery, works of art and archive documents," he told journalists in Warsaw.
"I am over 99 percent sure that such a train exists," though experts would only be certain once they managed to uncover the vehicle, he added.
Authorities started looking for the train this month, tipped off by a German and a Pole who said through lawyers that they had found it in the southwestern district of Walbrzych and expected 10 percent of the value of the findings as a reward.
Rumors have circulated for decades that a Nazi train loaded with weapons and loot had disappeared into a tunnel near Poland's border with Germany in 1945 as Soviet Red Army forces closed in.