SPANISH POLICE have now released photographs of the ten thousand weapon arsenal seized in Northern Spain in January.
The anti-terrorist operation stopped weapons including anti-aircraft guns, howitzers and grenades from falling into the hands of extremists in France, Spain and Belgium.
Some of the weaponry was said to be powerful enough to “bring down an aircraft.” and was intended for the hands of terrorists in Europe.
Europol announced the vast haul in January but only now have Spanish police published images of the devastating haul. Among the stash were 10,000 rifles, 400 howitzers, anti-aircraft guns, grenades, pistols and revolvers.
Spanish cops also found a factory in Bilbao maintaining and reactivating old guns so they could be re-used. Much of the cache is thought to have been bought legally through auctions before being reactivated. They were then sold from the Spanish distribution centre which used a sports shop as its legal front. Five people were arrested following the raid back in January. A Europol statement said: “The seized weapons had an easy journey in the black market and posed a significant risk of being acquired by organised crime groups and terrorists.”