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Dubai police seize arms shipment

By the CNN Wire Staff
Dubai police display one of the 16,000 pistols made in Turkey and seized from a shipping container bound for Yemen.
Dubai police display one of the 16,000 pistols made in Turkey and seized from a shipping container bound for Yemen.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The weapons were found in a shipping container in Dubai's port
  • The shipment includes 16,000 pistols made in Turkey
  • Like a number of nations in the Middle East and North Africa, Yemen has experienced growing unrest
RELATED TOPICS
  • Dubai
  • Yemen
  • Turkey

Dubai, Uae (CNN) -- Dubai police have intercepted an illegal shipment of 16,000 pistols from Turkey to Yemen, Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, the Dubai Police commander-in-chief, said Thursday.

"We shall not allow any criminal elements to use our territories to carry out any illicit plot that poses threat to peace and security of any country," Tamim said.

The weapons were found in a shipping container in Dubai's port.

Six people were arrested for their alleged links to the smuggling of the weapons valued at more than $2 million, Tamim said.

"The huge amount of brand-faked hand guns along with additional bullet chambers, manufactured in Turkey, were carefully hidden among wrapped boxes carrying furniture in a container which was temporarily stored in one of Dubai's storehouses," a government statement said.

Like a number of nations in the Middle East and North Africa, Yemen has experienced growing unrest. A crackdown on protesters last week left 52 people dead.

Protesters have called for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has ruled Yemen since 1978. The country has been wracked by a Shiite Muslim uprising, a U.S.-aided crackdown on al Qaeda operatives and a looming shortage of water.

High unemployment fuels much of the anger among a growing young population suffering from poverty. The protesters also cite government corruption and a lack of political freedom. Saleh has promised not to run for president in the next round of elections.

CNN's Caroline Faraj contributed to this report

 
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