Five drivers arrested for trying to smuggle 52 people into Erbil in violation of coronavirus protocols

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SULAIMANI — Erbil Traffic Police said on Saturday (March 28) that they arrested five drivers for attempting to smuggle people into the Kurdistan Region’s capital in violation public health orders designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Police said that they had intercepted the drivers on the Kirkuk and Gwer roads as they attempted to bring a total of 52 people into the city from central Iraq and skirt quarantine protocols.

After seizing their vehicles, the drivers were arrested and the people being trafficked were sent for medical testing, it added.

The security forces have foiled several other attempts to bring people into the city since travel restrictions were implemented several weeks ago.

(NRT Digital Media)