'No trace of chemical weapons in Kuwait'

The German Defence Ministry said an examination conducted by German soldiers on an Iraq missile fired at Kuwait found no signs of biological or chemical weapons.
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Published on Mar 22, 2003 09:53 PM IST
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PTI | By Reuters, Berlin

The German Defence Ministry said on Saturday an examination conducted by German soldiers on an Iraq missile fired at Kuwait found no signs of biological or chemical weapons.

A spokesman for the ministry in Berlin said a team of German chemical, nuclear and biological weapons experts had examined the remains of the missile on Friday.

"It is a Scud missile but had neither biological or chemical weapons on it," Defence Minister Peter Struck said.

Germany is not participating in the war in Iraq, but has had a team of about 100 chemical weapons experts based in Kuwait as part of the Enduring Freedom campaign.

Iraq fired Scud missiles at Kuwait on Thursday, officials said, sending US troops scrambling into chemical protective suits and setting air raid sirens blaring in Kuwait City.

A Kuwaiti Defence Ministry spokesman said a US Patriot anti-missile defence battery brought down two Iraqi Scuds, intercepting one with three Patriot missiles and the other with a single Patriot.

Neither missile was believed to be armed with chemical or biological weapons, an Interior Ministry official said.

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