Germany’s military confirmed Friday 60,000 rounds of ammunition are unaccounted for, along with another 48,000 rounds from an elite special forces unit with connections to right-wing extremism, reported DW News.
A Defense Ministry spokesman told Deutsche Presse-Agentur the Bundeswehr (Federal Defence Forces) is investigating the missing ammunition from its inventory. The spokesman gave no clear answer for the reasons behind the disappeared ammo.
An earlier report from newspaper Die Welt on Friday had said at least 60,000 rounds of Bundeswehr ammunition had gone missing since 2010, according to a confidential reply to a government information request filed by several parties in Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag.
Only around 36,000 of over 96,000 missing cartridges of varying caliber have been located, the government reportedly said. -DW.
The 48,000 rounds missing from the Special Forces Command (KSK) was heavily scrutinized after lawmakers found right-wing extremism was deeply embedded within its ranks.
“We are now investigating intensively and assessing our practices — not just in the KSK,” the ministry spokesman said.
The investigation of missing ammo will determine if criminal activity was involved or just poor inventory keeping.
“Sloppiness will be stopped, every case of diversion will be reported, and the public prosecutor’s office will be called in,” the spokesperson added.
In early July, DW warned right-wing extremism is on the rise in Germany, and the country’s domestic intelligence agency said some of these folks are prepared to use violence.
The questions Germans need to be asking – Where did all the ammo go?