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Two remanded for smuggling minors

TWO foreign nationals were remanded on Friday in connection to smuggling two minors from the occupied territories and hitting a policewoman in the process.

A 22-year-old man from India and a 28-year-old from Bangladesh were caught on Thursday night after Nicosia police saw them driving a car from the buffer zone to the government controlled areas in Akaki.

In the back of the car were two minors from Iran.

Police signaled them to stop, however, the 22-year-old driver sped up and hit a female officer in the process.

Officers chased them in a car to find the vehicle parked in an open area.

The 22-year-old was found nearby. A further search found two minors and the 28-year-old man from Bangladesh. The latter was remanded for four days for illegal entry to the Republic, while the younger was remanded in connection to smuggling.

The policewoman was taken to Nicosia general hospital where she was found to have facial wounds as well as injuries to her knee, jaw and left arm.

Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said on March 10 at the same area, a 35-year-old man was caught with another four passengers being smuggled to the government controlled areas.

The case is now in court.



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