Richard L. Sherrow was an explosive expert of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF).


Sherrow left Washington DC on 27 September 1986 for Lomé (Capital of Togo) at the request of the U.S. Department of State. Sherrow was accompanied by Edward Owen (BATF) and James Casey (Dept. of State).




After inspecting the weapons, Sherrow wondered what kind of rebels go into combat with “unassembled grenades and rocket launchers still in the plastic with cleaning rods…”?




And there is more.

“The [MST-13] timers had a very special female connector at the end of the black wire. No compatible male connectors were found anywhere among the seized items.”


In his opinion, several of the items on display “may have been added to the weapons seized by the Togo military, including the two [MST-13] timers, which had been handled and manipulated by unknown parties.”

On 4 October 1986, Sherrow and his colleagues departed from Togo and returned to Washington DC. Sherrow took one of the two MST-13 timers back to the US in a diplomatic pouch and then to the BATF laboratory.

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