Photos: Egyptian army thwarts attempt to smuggle large shipment of weapons, drugs near Siwa



Mon, 09 May 2022 - 07:00 GMT


Mon, 09 May 2022 - 07:00 GMT

CAIRO – 9 May 2022: The Egyptian Army’s Border Guards has thwarted an attempt to smuggle a large shipment of weapons, ammunition and drugs during their operations in the Great Sand Sea area south of Siwa Oasis.

According to a statement by the Egyptian Armed Forces spokesman on Monday, the border guards managed to seize two four-wheel drive vehicles without license plates that are used by the terrorist elements for operations of smuggling and infirtlation.

The border guards also seized seven sniper rifles, two Kalashnikov machine guns, 13 automatic rifles, five beretta rifles, an RPG, a 12.7mm caliber machine gun, two 14.5mm caliber machine guns, eight automatic rifle magazines, the spokesman said.

This is in addition to seven sniper magazines, two RPG rockets, 1,162 bullets, and a telephone used for communication via satellite.

The forces also managed to seize a million drug tablets and legal measures were taken against the smugglers, the spokesman added.


“The border guard forces continue to exert their intensive efforts against outlaws and impose security and control on all strategic directions of the state to secure Egypt's borders,” the spokesman said.

He added that this comes in conjunction with the intensification of tightening procedures and control over all the state's border crossings and ports.

The spokesman affirmed that the latest operations came “in continuation of the efforts of the border guard forces in inflicting mortal blows on criminal elements and smugglers and to abort plans and attempts aimed at harming society and the Egyptian national security on all strategic directions of the state”.




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