Greek coast guard raids Bolivia-flagged freighter after Turkey stop, finds arms bound for Libya


A Greek coast guard special unit raided a Bolivian-flagged freighter early Tuesday off the southern island of Crete and found a shipment of undeclared weapons apparently headed for Libya.

The coast guard identified the cargo vessel as the Haddad 1, which sailed from the Turkish port of Iskenderun on Aug. 29 and was headed for Libya’s western harbor of Misrata.

It said in an announcement that the ship “was carrying arms without legal documentation.” It wasn’t initially clear what kind of armaments the vessel had on board.

The United Nations has imposed an embargo on weapons shipments to Libya. The country is divided between an elected parliament and government based in the eastern port of Tobruk, and an Islamist militia-backed government in the capital Tripoli — with militants from the Islamic State group also exploiting the chaos.

The Greek coast guard said the Haddad 1, with its crew of 7, is being taken to the port of Iraklio in northern Crete for a further search and investigation into the shipment early Wednesday.