Two Bangladeshi, Germans held with ‘firearms’ at Dhaka airport

Staff Correspondent

Two Bangladeshi-Germans were held while carrying nine foreign made ‘firearms’ at Hazrat Shahjajal International Airport on Tuesday on their arrival from Dubai on a flight of Emirates Airways, the customs and Rapid Action Battalion officials said.
The Dhaka Customs House in a press statement said that on information they followed one of the two passengers, Mohammad Monir Ben Ali, 46, on his arrival at about 9:30am and scanned his luggage.
The customs officials held another Bangladeshi-German Anisul Islam, 52, on suspicious as both the passengers were travelling from Munich in Germany.
During scanning, the customs officials opened the bag and found nine weapons—four of which seemed German made Walther of PP cal 9mm PAK while five others seemed Turkish made Zoraki MOD 914 cal 9mm PAK.
The customs officials seized the ‘weapon like substances’ as the passengers could not produce any documents in support of their products. They also found 12 bottles of alcohol in their possession.
The assistant customs commissioner (prevention) Ahsanul Kabir said ‘weapons like substances’ would be sent for ballistic test to check whether those were genuine.
‘We initially took assistance from Rapid Action Battalion to check whether the arms were genuine but they suggested for ballistic test to make it sure,’ Ahsanul said.
The Munich-based restaurant businessman, Monir Ben Ali, claimed that he brought those toys to be used in movie-making.
It was not clear whether the two Bangladeshi-Germans would be handed over to police, said an official at Airport police station in the evening.

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