ALGIERS – Four smugglers have been arrested and 14 tonnes of food products and products and detonation tools seized Friday in country’s extreme south by detachments of the People’s National Army (ANP) and units of the National Gendarmerie, said Saturday a communiqué of the National Defence Ministry.
"As part of the fight against smuggling and the organized crime, detachments of the Army and units of the National Gendarmerie arrested on 10 March 2017 in Bordj Badji Mokhtar, Tamanrasset and In Guezzam (6th Military Region), four smuggler and seized three all-terrain vehicles, one truck, 14 tonnes of food products, 3,800 litres of table oil, two hammers, one motorcycle, one cell phone and detonation tools,” said the communiqué.
In addition, as part of the fight against illegal immigration, "76 illegal immigrants of different African nationalities were apprehended" by Army detachments, units of the National Gendarmerie and the Border Guards in separate operations in Tlemcen, Ain Temouchent (2nd Military Region), Biskra and Ghardaia (4th Military region), Bordj Badji Mokhtar, Tamanrasset, and In Guezzam (6th Military Region).
In Oran (2nd Military Region), units of the National Gendarmerie and the Coast Guard "thwarted illegal immigration attempt of 40 people, including one (1) minor and one (1) woman aboard two inflatable boats, " notes the same source.
Moreover, units of the Border Guards "foiled attempts of smuggling 20,968 litres of fuel and seized three vehicles at Souk-Ahras, Tebessa and El-Tarf (5th Military Region)," the statement said.