Turkey: 3 arrested over historical artifact smuggling

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IZMIR, Turkey

Security forces on Monday arrested three people in western Turkey over their alleged links to artifact smuggling.

Acting on a tip-off, gendarmerie teams in the Aegean Izmir province stopped a vehicle carrying the suspects, only identified by the initials M.T, Z.T. ve U.Y., and seized an Ionic column capital from the Roman period.

The artifact measuring 50×60 centimeters (19×23 inches) was delivered to the Izmir Museum Directorate.

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