Skip to comments.New Zealand investigates al-Qaida tip
Posted on 10/30/2003 6:10:52 AM PST by freeperfromnjEdited on 07/06/2004 6:39:14 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand custom officers searched a ship carrying logs to South Korea and investigated its crew after an international alert suggested al-Qaida operatives could be on board, officials said Thursday.
They screened the crew of the log carrier Athena shortly after the vessel arrived in the southern port of Lyttelton on Oct. 2, customs spokeswoman Janice Rodenburg told The Associated Press.
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Reuters in Kunsan
Friday October 31, 2003
The Guardian (UK)
South Korean security forces inspected a cargo ship in the port of Kunsan yesterday after a tip-off that it could be carrying al-Qaida members.
The vessel, called the Athena and flying the Bahamas flag, was carrying timber and was scheduled to stay in the port for a week. Officials gave no further details. "Authorities received a tip about possible al-Qaida members, and we're prepared," the national intelligence service said.
A Greek shipping company, Petrobulk Maritime, said "Our vessel did arrive in South Korea and the authorities did inspect it. They left a little while ago saying everything was in order and apologised for the inconvenience."