Firearms stolen from elite US Army base in Germany


US officers have revealed {that a} assortment of weapons was stolen from the Panzer Kaserne base close to Stuttgart earlier this month and couldn’t be situated, resulting in issues that the arms could have ended up on the black market – or in the improper fingers. “Several semi-automatic pistols, one small-caliber automatic rifle and a shotgun were among the items taken,” mentioned Chris Grey, a spokesman for the US Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID).

“Due to the ongoing investigation, we will not be releasing any additional information or any specifics on the items stolen at this time to protect the integrity of the investigative process,” mentioned Ray Johnson, a spokesman for the Army’s Installation Management Command-Europe.

The Cold War-era facility serves as an area garrison headquarters and an operational base for elite models, together with the Green Berets and Navy SEALS.

“We are looking at all possibilities as the investigation continues, but at this point in the investigation it does not appear that an outside entity stole the firearms and equipment or breached the fence line, but we have not completely ruled it out,” Grey mentioned.

The CID has put up a $10,000 reward for any leads. Such instances are routinely handled internally, however contemplating it has been weeks because the theft with no decision, the US Army has needed to go public.

“German authorities were notified and are working with the Army on the investigation,” mentioned Johnson. The timing of the disappearance is especially inopportune.

On July 19, a refugee pledging allegiance to Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS/ISIL) attacked vacationers on a practice, and a German-Iranian teenager went on a capturing spree in Munich on July 22. The subsequent day, a Syrian refugee blew himself up at a music pageant.

“I wouldn’t overplay it – it was only a few weapons, and no indications it was an outside source,” Peter Schulze, Professor of International Relations on the University of Gottingen, informed RT. “Of course this will not contribute to a more relaxed atmosphere among the German people, as it adds fire to the existing angst about their use in a potential terrorist attack.”