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AIZAWL: Acting on a tip-off, the Assam Rifles seized eight sophisticated assault rifles and twelve loaded magazines in Mizoram on Friday.
Police reported that while the jawans were carrying out the raid between Keitum and Khawlailung villages in Serchhip district, a huge cache of arms and ammunition were recovered from two Mizo men on Friday. Both the smugglers- Hmingchunga, 55, and Vanpuilala, 30 have been arrested and interrogation is on.
The police seized five AK-47s, three AK-56s and twelve magazines loaded with AK series rifles' cartridges.
The police suspect that the arms and ammunition might have been smuggled from neighbouring Myanmar.
It may be noted that this is the second biggest seizure of arms by the Assam Rifles in six months. Earlier, eight US-made M4 rifles were seized in Champhai district near Myanmar border.
Mizoram, which shares a 510 km border with Myanmar and a 318 km frontier with Bangladesh, has become a corridor for arms' smuggling.