Jordan Foils Bid to Smuggle Ammunition from Syria

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Jordanian border guards foiled an attempt to smuggle a large amount of ammunition from Syria and arrested five people early Monday, the army said.

"Border guards foiled an attempt to smuggle a large amount of ammunition and other material from Syria into Jordan, at around 1:30 am. (22:30 GMT)," the army said in a statement on its website.

"The guards arrested five people and seized their car," it added without giving any further details.

Jordan says smuggling across the border with Syria has risen by 300 percent in the past year and that hundreds of trafficking attempts have been foiled.

The number of licensed weapons stands at 120,000. But the interior ministry also estimates that there are more than one million unlicensed guns in the nation of seven million people.

The kingdom is home to more than 500,000 Syrian refugees.

Comments 1
Thumb whyaskwhy 24 February 2014, 13:06

Sounds like a bit of an exaggeration by the media? How much ammunition could fit in a car with 5 passengers? Jeez it sounded like they caught the Titanic grounded full of weaponry! Loool by Lebanese standards a car full of weapons is something you need as a bare minimum just to celebrate the great saints day!