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Friday, January 20, 2012

International inspectors discover Gaddafi's secret stockpile of chemical weapons

Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had an undeclared stockpile of chemical weapons, international inspectors have confirmed.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said inspectors visited Libya this week and said inspectors found sulphur mustard and artillery shells 'which they determined are chemical munitions.'

This means the shells were not filled with chemicals, but were designed specifically to be loaded with chemical weapons.

'They are not ready to use, because they are not loaded with agents," OPCW spokesman Michael Luhan said.

Among the chemical munitions they found were stocks of sulphur mustard agent, which can cause severe blistering.

All the newly declared materials are being stored at the Ruwagha depot, in the south-east of the country.

Mr Luhan would not divulge the amounts of chemicals in the previously unknown stockpile, except to call it 'a fraction' of what Gaddafi disclosed in the past. Read More