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Attempts to import illegal weapons to Iceland increasing

Customs officers at Keflavík international airport have confiscated more than 300 illegal weapons between June 1 and August 29 this summer, which passengers attempted to import to Iceland.

Kári Gunnlaugsson, department director of Sudurnes customs, which covers Keflavík airport, said some of the weapons were intended to be used for threatening people or inflicting injuries, Fréttabladid reports.

“We have the feeling that attempts to import very dangerous illegal weapons are constantly increasing,” Gunnlaugsson said.

The customs discovered large illegal knifes in the luggage of a passenger arriving from Denmark on Tuesday, but most of the illegal weapons have arrived with passengers from Spain.

“Some of these weapons are guns which could cause severe injuries. In many cases the ammunition is iron bullets,” Gunnlaugsson said.

The customs have also confiscated knuckle irons, throwing knives and stars, swords and bats. All confiscated weapons are destroyed.

People who attempt to smuggle illegal weapons to Iceland are fined ISK 10,000 to 20,000 (USD 157 to 315, EUR 115 to 231).

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