Saturday, January 31, 2009

AP: Romanian Air Force chief fired after weapons theft

The Romanian defense minister says he has fired the chief of the Air Force following the theft of weapons from an army depot.

Mihai Stanisoara says Air Force chief Constantin Croitoru was fired because the depot was under his responsibility. Stanisoara said Friday that he also fired three officers responsible for guarding the weapons depot at Ciorogarla, which is just west of Bucharest.

He said pistols, automatic rifles and bayonets were stolen Wednesday. He said military prosecutors were investigating and police have set up road blocks and checks at border crossings.

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