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Two arrested after Paphos arms find

Two men, 29 and 43, were arrested on Wednesday after police found two assault rifles in their apartment in Paphos.

According to the report, police officers found a pistol, a fully loaded AK-47 assault rifle, a Cyprus army standard issue G3 rifle – that was used in a burglary on December 2014 in Paphos – a full clip and a large number of bullets.

Police raided the apartment after receiving information related to a string of burglaries that took place in Paphos recently.

The 43-year-old was found in the apartment while the 29-year-old, who works as a leaflet distributor, was arrested on his return to the apartment. The suspect tried to flee once he saw the police at his door but was arrested shortly after. He attempted to escape using the stairs. The suspect was carrying a bag that contained burglary equipment, according to the report.

Besides the guns, police also found night vision goggles, stolen licence plates as well as the keys to a luxury vehicle that was stolen from a home in Tala village.

Paphos police spokesman Nikos Tsiappis said that this was one of the most important recent cases police have been able to clear, adding that investigators were looking into the possibility that the suspects were part of a larger criminal ring.



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