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Port in Pietarsaari, Finland

LONDON – Claims that the Arctic Sea – the Russian ship apparently hijacked and missing for two weeks – was carrying a nuclear weapon bound for Osama bin Laden are being investigate by agents for the British intelligence service MI6, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

The ship was found today 300 miles off the West African coast and the crew was safe, but a team of specialists in locating nuclear substances was dispatched from Moscow to the scene.

The possibility that the ship was carrying a lot more than the lumber that it was reported to hold coincided with bin Laden’s most recent public claim that he will “soon have a nuclear weapon in my hands.”

In a series of developments described as highly unusual the Arctic Sea, a Russian-crewed cargo vessel, vanished some two weeks ago when it passed through the English Channel, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

The 4,000-ton ship set sail from the port of Pietarsaari in Western Finland with timber valued at more than $1.3 million, apparently bound for Algeria.

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Four days later she was boarded in Swedish waters by armed and masked men.

This weekend it has emerged that radiation tests have been carried out at the port of Pietarsaari after MI6 and officers of the FSB, the Russian security service, arrived at the harbor.

The results of those tests remain a secret. Meanwhile the Russian Navy has dispatched five warships equipped with special equipment – sensors that can locate nuclear material – to the Atlantic.

The possibility that nuclear material was hidden aboard the Arctic Sea also was heightened by the report that fissionable material disappeared some weeks ago from a nuclear-storage depot in the Ural Mountains in Russia.

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