Massive cache of explosives and ammunition found by police in and around Tbilisi (VIDEO)

All explosives, weapons and ammunition were in working condition. Image from the video by MIA'a press office., 29 Sep 2016 - 15:08, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia’s law enforcers found and seized an extremely large amount of ammunition, military weapons and explosive materials from several locations in Georgia, including the capital.

All explosives, weapons and ammunition were in working condition. The arms were discovered buried in the woods near Gori town and Norio village, (32km from Tbilisi) in eastern Georgia.

Weapons were also found at Saguramo (26km from Tbilisi) and in the surroundings of Mukhatgverdi cemetery in the capital city.

The ammunition, weapons and explosive materials were hidden between 2009 and 2011 [under the previous United National Movement government],” said Georgia's Internal Ministry’s press speaker at a special briefing this afternoon.

Police said the operation was conducted jointly by Georgia’s State Security Service (SSS) and the Chief Prosecutor’s Office.

Expert’s Opinion

Editor-in chief of Georgian defence review magazine 'Arsenali'  Irakli Aladashvili told that "it is very fortunate that nobody found it by chance during past years and nobody was injured.”

The type and amount of explosives and weapons found "would not be enough for long term military operation, but is more than enough for different types of sabotage missions or terrorist attacks," underlined Aladashvili. 

The seized armament included:

Explosive devices and materials:

  • Trinitrotoluene (TNT) explosive material capsules: 40
  • RDX (also known as hexogen) explosive material: 6x 500g capsules
  • RDX plastic explosive devices: 3
  • Anti-tank, anti-personnel mines and mortar shells: 10
  • Fragmentation type grenades (types F1, RGD-5, RG-42, RGM, RGO, GHO-1) with explosive cores: 26
  • VUZ-4 explosive devices: 7

Parts and accessories for explosive devices:

  • Explosive fuses for hand grenades: 21
  • Electric detonators for explosive devices: 42
  • Explosive capsules: 21
  • Electric wiring: 17
  • Electric actuators for mine detonation: 2
  • Current wires: 3

Firearms, shoulder-mounted weapons and ammunition included:

  • Anti-tank grenade launchers: 3
  • M79 grenade launchers: 5
  • Shells for 40mm under-barrel grenade launchers for automatic rifles: 37
  • AKS-74 5.45mm automatic rifle: 1
  • AK-74 5.45mm automatic rifle: 1
  • Magazines for automatic weapons: 38
  • Rounds of ammunition for Kalashnikov-type automatic rifles and RPK machine guns: 4,309
  • Stechkin automatic pistol: 1

Other weapons:

NRS recon/scout shooting knife with 7.62mm ammunition: 1

Watch a video published by the Ministry of Internal Affairs today:

Police said an investigation had been launched for illegal purchase and possession of firearms, military weapons, explosive materials and explosive devices.