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25/03/2017 12:36

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Sunday, 25 December 2016 16:55

Twenty-four smugglers arrested in country's south

ALGIERS- Twenty-four smugglers were arrested Saturday in the country's south by detachments of the People's National Army, said Sunday the Ministry of National Defence in a statement.

"As part of the fight against smuggling and organized crime, detachments of the People's National Army arrested, on 24 December 2016 in Tamanrasset, Bordj Badji Mokhtar and In-Guezzam (6th Military Region), 24 smugglers and seized five all-terrain vehicles, a truck, 13.25 tonnes of foodstuffs, five metal detectors, four pneumatic drills, three power generators and two satellite phones," said the statement.

In Mascara, Biskra, El-Oued, Tebessa and Bejaia, units of the National Gendarmerie "seized 11,964 units of different beverages and 11,500 units of tobacco," added the Ministry's statement.

In addition, an Army detachment and a unit of the Border Guards "arrested, in El-Oued, Tiaret and Tlemcen, 28 illegal immigrants, while a unit of the Coastguards thwarted an illegal immigration attempt of eleven people aboard an inflatable boat in Mostaganem," added the statement.

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