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Romanians recover missile warheads stolen from train

AP, BUCHAREST

Dozens of small, old rocket warheads stolen from a train carrying military equipment were found on Monday stashed near a railway station in a village of Romania, authorities said.

When the theft was discovered over the weekend, authorities promised the 64 warheads posed no danger to the public because the warheads, or fuses, were being transported separately from the rockets.

The warheads were found intact in four boxes near the railway station in the village of Chitila, just north of Bucharest, Marius Militaru, a spokesman for the Romanian interior ministry, told Antena 3 broadcaster. He declined to provide further details, citing an ongoing investigation.

The Bulgarian Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism identified the warheads as belonging to 122mm diameter Grad rockets, which are typically fired from vehicle-mounted multiple-rocket launchers.

Romanian national police spokesman Florin Hulea also said the warheads posed no risk because they were not attached to rockets.

Romanian officials also tried to portray the theft on Saturday as accidental. Eugen Badalan, a member of the Romanian parliamentary defense committee, said the thieves “had no idea what they stole” when they broke into one of the eight cars carrying the weapons on the 27-car train.

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