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Armed men arrested in hotel remanded in custody

Two men were remanded in custody for eight days on Tuesday after they were arrested in a hotel in Limassol in possession of a firearm.

The pair, a Syrian national, 30, and a 27-year-old Kurd, were detained in a hotel in Yermasoyia during a police operation that included the counter-terrorism unit.

Police raided their room and found a loaded pistol, 13 extra rounds, and a passport that looked forged.

According to police, it was determined that the 30-year-old had two pending arrest warrants against him in connection with a burglary in Limassol and arson in the Famagusta district.

Police told the court he had admitted the burglary of company offices in December 2017, which fetched some €40,000. He denied torching cars in Ayia Napa in October of the same year.

The court heard that he had also admitted buying a forged passport in Turkey for US$500 so that he could travel.

The 27-year-old claimed he bought the pistol and ammunition in Nicosia from an unknown individual. The man said he did so for his personal security. He said he lived in the Republic since last year after crossing over from the breakaway north last year.

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