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Turkish customs officers walk in front of the Turkish Cilvegozu border gate, located opposite the Syrian commercial crossing point Bab al-Hawa, in Reyhanli, Hatay province, Turkey, September 14, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Ankara – Counter-trafficking forces seized main parts used in making advanced Russian anti-tank missiles in the port of Zonguldak, in northern Turkey.

Gunrunners have hidden the shipment inside a truck coming from Ukraine en route to Iran.

Turkish security sources said on Monday that the truck driver, a 38-year-old Iranian national had been arrested.

When under interrogation, the driver confessed that the shipment on its way to Iran, and that he was receiving financial rewards for every shipment he smuggled.

The Customs and Trade Ministry said Sunday that the man, identified only by his initials E.E., was detained at the port in the Black Sea city of Zonguldak, after officials searched his truck that had arrived aboard a vessel from Ukraine.

Turkish customs and trade authorities’ statement said that seized objects in the truck were main parts used to make anti-tank missiles.

The statement added that the seized pieces are main 9K111 Fagot and 9K113 Konkurs Russian-made anti-tank missile parts.

Terrorist groups like ISIS and paramilitary organizations like the Kurdish Democratic Union Party and its Syrian military arm (Kurdish People’s Protection Units) have recently registered activities involving the abovementioned missiles.

The ministry said authorities believe the missile parts had probably been sent for repairs and were being returned to a terror organization.

Security sources pointed out investigations with the driver of the Iranian truck are underway.