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Some of the fuel laundering equipment discovered by Customs officials yesterday in Co Monaghan. Philip Fitzpatrick via Philip Fitzpatrick Photography

Customs truck carrying fuel laundering evidence hijacked and set alight

Driver took a wrong turn into south Armagh, where the truck was hijacked and subsequently set alight yesterday evening.

A TRUCK CARRYING fuel laundering equipement from a large plant in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, yesterday was hijacked and set alight after taking a wrong turn and ending up in south Armagh.

The driver was not physically injured in the attack, but is badly shaken.

Customs officials accompanied by armed gardaí uncovered the major laundering operation yesterday, recovering about 37,000 litres of laundered fuel as well as bleaching agent and tankers. The Revenue Commissioners said the plant was capable of laundering about 20 million litres of fuel a year, at a potential €11 million loss to the Exchequer.

The PSNI is investigating the hijacking, which occurred on the Blaney Road in the Crossmaglen area of Co Armagh just before 7pm.

The Revenue Commissioners say the incident is being treated very seriously.

In photos: Customs officials uncover major fuel laundering operation in Co Monaghan >

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