A weapons cache worth over $9 million was discovered in Spain by anti-terror investigators. The cache, which included 12,000 weapons, included “several anti-aircraft guns capable of bringing down aircraft,” according to the interior minister.
Police also confiscated over $70,000 in cash.
The weapons were being sold by a Spanish gang, who would buy used weapons from war-torn areas, repair them and sell them to terror cells or organized crime families.
The gang, which consisted of four men and one woman, set up a sports firm as a front for the weapons trading. They were caught by an operation headed by Europol, the European crime agency, some of which involved undercover work.
More than 8,000 military-caliber weapons were seized, including long and arms, canons and a wide variety of ammunitions.
"This modus operandi used to purchase weapons is the same as the one used for the attacks carried out in Paris on January 7th, 2015, against employees of the satirical weekly 'Charlie Hebdo', in which 12 people were killed and another 11 injured, all with recommissioned weapons acquired at the time from a Slovak gunsmith," said a spokesman for Spanish government.
After the terror attack at a Jewish museum in Brussels in May 2014 in which four people were killed, the Europol operation was set up based on surveillance of the weapons used in that attack.