A consignment of 94 pistols sent from Czech to Singapore was mistakenly delivered to a Vietnamese airport on Friday, triggering concerns about weapon smuggling.
The cardboard box containing the brand-new pistols, as well as 472 empty magazines, which was flown to Vietnam from Turkey, was discovered by customs officers at Tan Son Nhat Airport on Friday afternoon.
The customs office originally announced that it was the larges arms smuggling incident in Vietnam.
According to a report on Cong An, the newspaper of Ho Chi Minh City police, the pistols were bought by Singaporean police from a Czech manufacturer.
When the consignment was transited in Turkey, it was mistakenly sent to Vietnam, the paper said.
Concerned authorities in the three countries - Vietnam, Singapore and Turkey - have been coordinated to sent the weapons to Singapore, according to the report.
A source told Thanh Nien that the weapons seized were P-07 pistols made by Czech company Ceska Zerojovka A.S Svat.