India detains crew of US ship carrying weapons

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Associated Press

Posted on October 14, 2013 at 6:04 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 14 at 6:34 AM

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police say they are questioning the crew of a U.S.-owned ship accused of illegally transporting weapons and ammunition in Indian waters.

Indian marine security police in the southeastern port of Tuticorin filed a complaint Monday against crew and security guards aboard the MV Seaman Ohio after they failed to produce documents allowing them to carry the weapons.

The coast guard detained the ship two days ago after Indian security agencies received information about weapons being transported in the vessel.

Coast guard official Santosh Kumar Singh said the ship is owned by Virginia-based AdvanFort but is registered in Sierra Leone.

Police said the ship's captain told investigators that the guards were employed by AdvanFort that provides armed escorts to merchant vessels in pirate-infested waters of the Indian Ocean.

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