Gang Selling AK-47s ‘Bound For Western Europe’

Sky News investigators travel deep into Romania to meet gun dealers willing to sell military-grade weapons to terrorists. As Britain’s security services warn of potential Paris-style terror attacks in the UK, Sky News has been told by eastern European mafia gangs that demand for their military grade weapons across Europe has rocketed in two years – and they will supply to anyone. Security analysts say Islamist terror cells and “lone wolf” killers now consider automatic weapons the best way to bring mass murder to our streets. Europe’s open borders mean that weapons like the AK-47 can be moved easily to the buyers in western Europe. The AK is the most requested weapon according to the gangs – a weapon rarely used by ordinary criminals.From the mountains of the Balkans across huge, remote forest lands in eastern Europe, networks of gangs have access to millions of weapons that have been cached after years of conflict or are in general supply in areas bordering conflict zones such as Ukraine. After months of negotiation with a Romanian gang Sky News was directed to a remote part of the country for a meeting with gang members prepared to show us what they could supply.(…) The point is they didn’t care who we were if we were prepared to pay. Throughout our meeting they made it clear they would sell to absolutely anyone; bank robber, mass murderer or terrorist, they made no distinction. (…) At the boot of their car they revealed the weapons available to buy, or rather the types of weapons. They assured us they could supply thousands of guns and crucially the ammunition to go with them. “We bring them from Ukraine with the ammunition, as much as you want,” one of the men said. The men claimed their weapons are smuggled from Ukraine into Romania before being shipped by another gang to western Europe and the middle east. But western Europe was the primary destination. The men said they only dealt with firearms but they had close links to another gang that specialised in heavy weapons, grenades, rocket-propelled grenades and mines. Among the weapons on display were high quality, apparently brand new, sniper rifles. One, going for 3,000 Euros (£2,540) was an Austrian military Steyr rifle complete with a top-end sight. Other weapons included semi-automatic rifles, shot guns, hunting rifles and pistols.
In pride of place was a mint condition AK-47. This weapon they said was their biggest seller at 1,700 Euros (£1,440) and demand from Europe over the past two years had soared. The AK-47 is the terrorists’ weapon of choice.

via sky: Gang Selling AK-47s ‘Bound For Western Europe’

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