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UPDATED: 08:45, February 25, 2007
Int'l arms trafficking network dismantled in Algeria
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An international arms trafficking network was recently dismantled in Constantine, east of Algiers, local media reported on Saturday.

A total of 165 rifles of different calibers, 995 cartridges, a sum of 30,300 euros (39,390 U.S. dollars), a camping-coach and two motor vehicles were seized by the Algerian security forces, according to Algerian daily Liberte.

A French national, two Tunisians and 24 Algerians implicated in this affair have been put into prison, whereas 14 other members of this network including a French national escaped.

According to preliminary investigation, the arrested French national planned to transport the arms in the camping-coach and the Tunisians were identified as the network's financiers.

The investigation also revealed that the network had already put between 50 and 60 rifles into the market of eastern Algeria in November 2006, according to the daily.

Source: Xinhua

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