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Last Updated: Saturday, 15 October 2005, 15:31 GMT 16:31 UK
'Arms smugglers' seized in Kabul
By Bilal Sarwary
BBC News, Kabul

Isaf troops in Afghanistan
The detainees claimed to be part of Isaf, police say
British and US citizens are among eight people arrested on suspicion of arms smuggling in the Afghan capital, Kabul, Afghan police have said.

Two senior police sources told the BBC they were detained in a raid on a guest house earlier this week.

Those arrested had forged documents saying they were personnel of the International Security Assistance Force of peacekeepers, the sources said.

They said Isaf had confirmed those arrested were not part of the force.

A spokesman for the British embassy in Kabul, Keith Scott, said it was aware two British nationals had been arrested and that it was providing consular assistance.

Security forces found five AK47 rifles and two pistols during the raid.

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The police sources would not give a full breakdown of those arrested but said they included one Indian national and British, US and Afghan citizens.

Police are searching for another Indian national they believe is in possession of about 100 pistols.

Those arrested are being interrogated to determine who they had links with.

The police sources would not say what kind of arms were allegedly being smuggled or who they were destined for.

The US and British embassies have so far made no comment on the arrests.

It is believed the first time Westerners have been held for alleged arms smuggling in Afghanistan.



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