Three Britons arrested near Greek-Turkish border with arms

Greek authorities arrest three Britons in two separate operations near Greek-Turkish border, on suspicion that they were trying to move a large number of guns and ammunition into Turkey

Photo by: AA (Archive)
Photo by: AA (Archive)

Weapons seen in an archive photo

Greek law enforcement officials say that three British nationals have been arrested following two separate operations in the town of Alexandroupolis (Dedeagac) near Greek-Turkish border where the suspects have allegedly been trying to smuggle weapons into Turkey.

The suspects, who are also reportedly of Iraqi Kurdish descent, were arrested on Saturday night at the border crossing near the village of Kipoi, northeast Greece, police in Komotini (Gumulcine) said in a statement on Sunday.

Police found 18 machine guns, 4 rifles, thousands of rounds of ammunition, and 8 binoculars in hidden compartments of two trailers purportedly belonging to the suspects, the statement informed.

Law enforcement authorities have found that one suspect was carrying US dollars, Turkish liras and Iraqi dinars which amounted a total of $1,100 while another had 900 euros ($1,000) in cash and five mobile phones.

The suspects, who's yet to be named by police yet, have been thought to smuggle the weapons from Germany with alleged intentions to sell them, the Athens Macedonian News Agency (AMNA) reported.

Police told AMNA the suspects were thought to belong to a criminal gang saying that no terrorist link has currently been established according to the ongoing investigation.

They have no previous arrest records or pending arrest warrants in Europe, the agency also stated.

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