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MI6 photos 'sold on auction site'

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The camera was reportedly sold by an MI6 agent

Police are investigating the sale of a digital camera said to contain MI6 images of terror suspects, the Foreign Office has said.

The camera was bought for 17 on auction website eBay by a 28-year-old from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, the Sun newspaper reported.

The pictures were also said to include rocket launchers and missiles.

Hertfordshire Police said intelligence officers were investigating after a camera was seized.

Holiday photos

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm a police investigation is under way."

However, she refused to comment on the report that the camera was sold by an MI6 agent.

The newspaper said the man only discovered the pictures when he downloaded his holiday photographs from the Nikon Coolpix camera.

A friend of the man is quoted as saying: "He flew home early this month and downloaded his holiday pictures and saw some of rocket launchers and missiles.

"He knew he hadn't taken them so he asked his friends about it and they suggested going to the police."

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