El Al foiled an attempt to fly land mines from Canada to Israel, but no one yet knows who tried to send them or why.
Security guards at El Al’s terminal in Toronto’s Pearson International Airport refused to let the cargo on board before inspection. It had arrived without advance notice.
“All cargo flown on El Al undergoes a thorough check according to our security regulations,” El Al officials stated, without commenting on the shipment.
However, after the sender of the cargo was located, El Al was able to determine that the land mines were not part of a terrorist attack, but meant for training an international force stationed in the Sinai.
Last week, a Pakistan International Airlines flight from Toronto to Karachi landed in Sweden after Canadian police received two phone calls from an anonymous woman that a passenger on the flight had explosives.
Officials in Sweden temporarily held one man before releasing him, after they found no explosives on him or the plane.