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French agents killed in 2016 were tracking the movement of French weapons delivered to Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

VALLETTA – Five French secret agents killed in a plane crash in 2016 formed part of a nine-man cell operating from Malta as a base for tracking the movement of French weapons delivered to Libya, MaltaToday reported.

Sources close to the plane crash investigation have told MaltaToday that a house in Balzan had been stripped of all its equipment by the time court experts and the police visited the place on the evening of the plane crash.

The House in Balzan, Ruthville, where nine secret service operatives were conducting a spy mission on Libya

The sources said that images of Libyan territory taken by the aircraft were relayed to a control room in the ordinary-looking house, close to the Infetti football ground.

Five French agents died when the aircraft they were on, a Fairchild Merlin, crashed in Safi shortly after taking off from Gudja airport two years ago. An air accident report released by the French authorities last week blamed the accident on lack of maintenance on the aircraft’s modifications.

According to MaltaToday, the new information contradicts the Maltese government’s official statement at the time of the crash that the five men were operating surveillance missions for the French customs department.

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