Police foils bid to ship 16,000 guns to Yemen

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Police foils bid to ship 16,000 guns to Yemen

Dubai Police have foiled a bid to smuggle 16,000 guns to Yemen’s northern province of Saada, a Shia rebels’ stronghold, Police Chief Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim said on Thursday.

By (Amira Agarib)

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Published: Thu 24 Mar 2011, 1:13 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:24 AM

Six Arabs have been arrested by Dubai Police who seized the pistols from a warehouse where the shipment was hidden by the gang, Khalfan announced at a press conference.

He said the shipment came from Turkey and was to be sent to Yemen via another Gulf country. However, the gang’s original plan did not work due to problems in navigation routes. Following this, they took a detour to Dubai and kept the arms, estimated to be of Dhs16 million, at a warehouse here.

The police chief said he believes that the arms traders were exploiting the current political situation in Yemen so that the pistols of different sizes could be used for assassinations. He said the arrests and the seizure followed a one-week investigation.

amira@khaleejtimes.com


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