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Russian sappers find IS munitions depots in Palmyra holding 12,000 explosive objects

April 22, 2016, 14:25 UTC+3

The depot was secured against accidental spotting by means of a booby trap with nine dug-in landmines

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MOSCOW, April 22. /TASS/. Russia’s mine pickers involved in demining of Syria’s Palmyra found and destroyed one of Islamic State’s biggest weapons depots holding more than 12,000 explosive devices, including mines and shells, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Friday.

"The depot was well disguised. It was spotted thanks to the use of special equipment brought by Russian field engineers to Syria. Russian sappers retrieved from the depot more than 12,000 explosive objects, including large-caliber mines for mortars, artillery shells, as well as anti-tank and anti-infantry mines," he said.

"It was one of the biggest munitions depots used by Islamic State militants to organize terror attacks not only in the province of Homs but also in other Syrian provinces," Konashenkov noted.

According to Konashenkov, the depot was found by Russian specialists of the international anti-mine center in a suburb of the city of Tadmur (Palmyra, the province of Homs). The depot, in his words, was secured against accidental spotting by means of a booby trap with nine dug-in landmines.

"Notably, the arsenal held about 1,000 electric detonators and home-made radio-guided fuzes used in home-made explosive devices," the Russian defense ministry spokesman said, adding that the arsenal has been removed from the depot and taken to a safe place to be further destroyed.

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