Bid to smuggle weapons from Afghanistan foiled

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Customs authorities at Torkham border foiled an attempt to smuggle banned arms and ammunition from Afghanistan, officials said on Wednesday.

Chief Collector Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Muhammad Salim, displaying the seized arms to media, said that taking action on a tip-off they stopped a loaded truck with registration No. E-3657 as it crossed the border. He said the truck was loaded with pomegranates being exported from Afghanistan.

The customs chief said the collector appraisement Peshawar, Amjadur Rehman and his team searched the truck and recovered 16 US-made automatic guns including 7.62mm M13, 5.56mm balls, M855 10RD clips cartridges, and 9mm cartridges. The arms were concealed in the hidden cavities of the truck.

Muhammad Salim said that the driver of the truck fled from the scene. However, they launched an investigation to bring culprits behind the arms smuggling to book. He said the seized arms are banned in Pakistan and could be used in terrorism related incidents.