x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Smugglers foiled trying to bring more than 1,500 swords and knives into UAE as ‘sports goods’

Huge haul is latest seizure by Dubai Customs in their battle to stop weapons getting into UAE where they can be used in armed battles among young men.

Dubai Customs seized 1,960 weapons in Jebel Ali & TECOM Customs Centre during an attempt to smuggle two shipments of these weapons into the UAE. Photo Courtesy of Dubai Customs
Dubai Customs seized 1,960 weapons in Jebel Ali & TECOM Customs Centre during an attempt to smuggle two shipments of these weapons into the UAE. Photo Courtesy of Dubai Customs

DUBAI // Swords and knives were among more than 1,500 weapons seized by Customs officers after a failed attempt to smuggle them into the UAE.

Inspectors seized 1,520 knives, 30 swords, 110 holsters, 200 range boxes and 100 gun-cleaning tools from two shipments at Jebel Ali and Tecom Customs centre.

“The seizure of this large quantity of weapons reflects the ability of Dubai Customs inspectors to foil all smuggling attempts and to effectively combat new ploys and schemes adopted by the smugglers,” said Ahmad bin Lahej, director of Jebel Ali Customs centres department.

The weapons had been declared as sports products by the importing company, Mr bin Lahej said.

“We use the best global inspection techniques supported by the latest and most advanced scanners, which identify the nature of shipped items,” he said.

Mr bin Lahej said Dubai Customs had regularly stopped such weapons getting into the country, where they can be used in armed battles among young men.

“This is a regretful phenomenon that has been witnessed by our society in recent times,” he said.

“Therefore, we urge cooperation with all local and federal institutions involved in the combat of this phenomenon, to stop and eradicate it.”

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