outbrain
Close  

Moscow airport staff find ‘mortar shell’ on US embassy staffer

/ 07:19 AM March 10, 2019

Russia. WIKIPEDIA MAP

MOSCOW, Russia – Security staff at Moscow’s main airport confiscated a “mortar shell” from a US embassy staffer on Saturday, in what the foreign ministry described as a “provocation,” local media reported.

ADVERTISEMENT

Security staff at Sheremetyevo airport, the biggest in Russia, found an object resembling a mortar shell while checking the man’s luggage, the Ria Rovosti agency reported, citing a foreign ministry source.

“Bomb disposal experts confirmed that it was a shell with a detonator but no explosives,” the source said, adding that it amounted to a “provocation”.

FEATURED STORIES

The United States appeared to be testing Russia’s security not just abroad but inside the country’s borders, the foreign ministry source told Ria Novosti.

The US embassy staffer told staff the object was for his personal collection and he was allowed to take a later plane to New York, having missed his original flight. The individual concerned had links with the US army, the ministry source said.

Moscow said it had contacted the US embassy and was waiting for an explanation. /cbb

Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Moscow, news, Russia, US Embassy
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.