The Case of the Disappearing Dynamite

Monday, April 19, 2004
Two massive dynamite heists are setting off alarms in Europe and Australia.

Dynamite theft unsettles Norway

Thieves have stolen 660kg (1400lb) of dynamite from an unstaffed storage depot in Norway, say police.
Around 5,000 detonators were also stolen, raising fears of a terrorist attack, officials told state radio.

The missing dynamite was more than six times the amount used for the bomb attacks on trains in Madrid nearly a month ago.

Last May, a taped message attributed to al-Qaeda's second-in-command urged Muslim militants to hit Norway.

The NRK state radio network reported that the storage depot, on the outskirts of the remote town of Gol, had a fence and heavy doors - but no alarm system.

And in Australia too:

Theft sparks Australian bomb alert

Australian anti-terror police are hunting for 3.5 tons of fertiliser stolen from a warehouse in the southern city of Adelaide.
There are fears the missing ammonium nitrate fertiliser could be used to build a bomb. Ammonium nitrate-based explosives were used in the Bali and Oklahoma bombings.

Police said the theft came to light after a routine audit on a warehouse in Adelaide last month.