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Snail hunter’s car seized

A 22-year-old Greek Cypriot who was collecting snails near the buffer zone in Larnaca saw his car seized by Turkish soldiers who claimed it was parked inside the occupied areas, police said.

The incident happened at around 4pm on Thusrday when the man, a resident of Pyla — a village inhabited by Greek and Turkish Cypriots — went snail hunting in the Pergamos area.

After he finished, he returned to his vehicle only to find it surrounded by Turkish soldiers, police said.

The man reported the incident to the United Nations and returned to the location accompanied by members of the peacekeeping force.

Turkish troops insisted that the car was inside the occupied areas and demanded its seizure.

The UN surrendered the keys to the soldiers and the vehicle was taken to a police station in the Turkish occupied areas in the north.

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