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Weaponry transported to Afghanistan via Keflavík

Nineteen jets carrying weaponry scheduled for Afghanistan landed at Iceland’s international airport at Keflavík to refuel in the last four weeks.

The jets, which had come from Canada, had refueled at a so-called “hot cargo” zone, far from other airport traffic, airport director Björn Ingi Knútsson explained at a meeting about airport safety yesterday. Morgunbladid reports.

Knútsson said all safety regulations had been followed, but he would not reveal the exact nature of the weaponry the jets had carried.

Knútsson told Morgunbladid that the “hot cargo” zone is meant for all airplanes carrying potentially dangerous cargo and is therefore situated in the periphery of the airport.

The “hot cargo” zone used to be under the control of the US military, before it ceased its operations at the US Naval Air Station at Keflavík in September.

The safety at Keflavík Airport is currently being improved by renewal of outdated equipment. The updates are expected to be completed in three to five years.

Knútsson said the total project will cost at least one ISK billion (EUR 11 million, USD 14 million).

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