Algiers: Algeria has uncovered a large cache
of weapons believed to originate from Libya, including dozens
of shoulder-held missiles that can be used to shoot down
airliners, newspapers said on Monday.
According to the French-speaking El Watan, 15 SA-24 and
28 SAM-7 Russian-made man-portable surface-to-air missiles
were found at a location in the southern desert called In
The cache, 43 kilometres from the Libyan border, also
included large amounts of ammunition.
The weapons were buried in the sand and discovered at an
unspecified date thanks to information provided by smugglers
operating in the area.
Such missiles require no specific training to operate and
maintain and can be used to shoot down planes or helicopters
in mid-air, the newspaper said.
"SAM-7 missiles are a serious threat to civil aviation.
They can strike aircrafts flying at an altitude of 11,000 to
13,000 feet," El Watan said, quoting an anonymous official.
"It`s a threat to planes landing and taking off from the
region`s airports, notably the Zarzaitine airport in In