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Mozambican police arrest Angolan and South African for counterfeiting

Mozambican police arrested an Angolan national and another South African national for counterfeiting currency, announced the National Criminal Investigation Service (Sernic).

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"In possession of them, a safe containing US$16,600, all counterfeit, was seized," said Hilário Lole, a Sernic spokesman, during a press conference in Maputo.
According to Lole, in addition to the two men, aged 42 and 54, a Mozambican who is on the run is also part of the group.

The arrest results from investigations into the existence of a transnational currency counterfeiting gang operating in Mozambique.

It is "a gang composed of Mozambican, Angolan and South African citizens who are dedicated to the practice of this legal type of crime", added Hilário Lole.

On the occasion, Sernic also announced the arrest of a group of three Mozambicans, including a police officer, who allegedly tried to kidnap and extort a fuel transporter.

"Under threats and physical coercion they took him to a Scythian residence in the Jardim neighborhood, [outskirts of Maputo city], with the intention of extorting monetary values ​​from him as a way of guaranteeing his freedom", said the spokesman for Sernic .

According to Hilário Lole, the agent of the Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) was the one who supposedly commanded the group.