Gun dealers in Romania are willing to sell illegal weapons to anyone, including terrorists, according to an investigation by Sky News journalists.
Sky News investigators have traveled to Romania for this story, where they managed to meet two Romanian gang members who showed them what kind of weapons they could supply. The journalists report that, although the gun dealers knew that they were talking to people from a media organization, they didn’t care. They just wanted the money.
“The point is they didn't care who we were if we were prepared to pay. Throughout our meeting they made it clear they would sell to absolutely anyone; bank robber, mass murderer or terrorist, they made no distinction,” reports Sky News.
During the meeting with the journalists, one of gun dealers claimed their weapons were smuggled from Ukraine into Romania before being shipped by another gang to western Europe and the middle east. Sniper rifles, semi-automatic rifles, shot guns, hunting rifles, and pistols were some of the guns the Romanian gang members were selling.
“In pride of place was a mint condition AK-47. This weapon they said was their biggest seller at EUR 1,700 (£1,440) and demand from Europe over the past two years had soared. The AK-47 is the terrorists' weapon of choice,” the Sky News journalist showed in their story.
Find the Sky News feature and a video of the journalists’ meeting with the gun dealers here.
The terrorist attacks in western Europe have become more and more often in recent months, thus growing to become one of the biggest problems in the region. The terrorists who carried out gun attacks in Paris, last year, may have used weapons from Romania.
Following the Sky News feature, Romania’s Directorate for Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) announced that it would look into the information presented by the journalists, according to local Mediafax.
Irina Popescu, [email protected]
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