Likely cause of Lebanon explosion: “Explosive fertilizer confiscated after seizure of vessel reportedly owned by Cyprus-based Russian businessman”

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Ammonium nitrate behind Beirut blast seized in 2014, never properly disposed of
by Reuters
August 5, 2020

The ammonium nitrate load that blew up the port of Beirut, resulting in a powerful blast that ripped through the city Tuesday, was seized in 2014 and is thought to be linked with a Cyprus-based Russian businessman, international media report. According to Lebanon’s LBCI channel citing the country’s Supreme Defence Council as saying the explosive fertilizer was confiscated from a vessel called Rhosus back in 2014…[The vessel’s] owner, Cyprus-based Russian businessman Igor Grechuskin, chose to take no action in regards to the ship and its crew, according to Russian media, with its cargo relocated into a warehouse on a court order. READ MORE

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