Sunday, March 21, 2004

Equatorial Guinea/Zimbabwe: info about the weapons bought in Zim

The Zimbabwe Indeipendent is reporting that the alleged mercenaries bought arms from the ZDI -- Zimbabwe Defence Industries ... and that the South African intelligence service and the Zim government knew about the transaction.
The Zimbabwe Independent has now established that ZDI - which supplies army uniforms, field equipment and ammunition - sold the mercenaries a consignment of 61 AK-47 assault rifles and 45 000 rounds of ammunition, 10 Browning pistols and 500 x 9mm rounds of ammunition, and 20 PKM light machine guns plus 30 000 rounds of ammunition.

It also sold 100 RPG7 anti-tank weapons, 2 x 60mm mortar tubes, 80 x 60mm mortar bombs, 1 500 hand grenades and 20 Icarus flairs.

... The South African intelligence officers were at the airport when the plane was impounded. Sources say they did not stop the plane in South Africa because they wanted the suspects to fall into the trap. The ZDI arms consignment was the evidence they needed.