Serbia probing Hellfire missiles found on Portland-bound Beirut flight

March 14, 2016 13:01

BELGRADE - Serbian authorities have found two US-made guided Hellfire missiles inside wooden crates at Belgrade airport bound for Portland, Oregon, in the United States and are investigating them, a source at the prosecutor's office said on Monday.

The missiles had arrived on an Air Serbia flight from the Lebanese capital Beirut and had been due to be transferred to another plane. They were discovered by bomb-sniffing dogs at Belgrade airport on Saturday, the source said.

"Experts are determining whether the missiles were equipped with live or training warheads ... They were packed in proper transportation crates and supplied with paperwork which is also being scrutinized," the source said.

In Beirut, a Lebanese security source said they were training missiles used by the Lebanese army and were being sent back to the United States. The Lebanese and US authorities were aware of the shipment and the missiles posed no threat to the public, the source said.

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