Woman Arrested After Russian Mortar Launcher Found at Dublin Port

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A decommissioned Russian mortar launcher which sparked a security alert at Dublin Port this morning has led to the arrest of a woman in her 20’s.

It was reportedly destined for a private collector in Northern Ireland. The launcher was discovered by Revenue and Customs officers carrying out a routine profile on incoming port traffic.

The Russian-manufactured 82mm KRH 36Y mortar launcher was deemed safe with no munitions were present. It was being transported in a van.

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A gardaí spokessman said they were “satisfied that there was no criminal intent” in its importation. They had stopped an Eastern European-registered van and the weapon was spotted.

The area was cordoned off and the Irish army bomb disposal team was called to the scene.

The weapon is currently being examined by the Garda Technical Bureau. Gardaí are liasing with the PSNI regarding the importation of the weapon.