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Eighteen illegal migrants arrested

During a joint raid carried out by the Sri Lanka Navy and Police, 18 Sri Lankans who were on an illegal migration attempt, were apprehended on Thursday (23). The group of suspects was arrested in Kuttaduwa area, Negombo. They were handed over to the Police for onward legal action.

The Navy warns the general public not to involve in high risk sea-borne migration to overseas countries based on false information provided by human smugglers and reiterated that such attempts would finally end up with them being behind bars.

Further the Navy reminds of its strong network of intelligence and regular patrols put in place to nip such illegal migration efforts in the bud as the country is very strict with illegal migration attempts.

Navy headquarters spokesman said that they believed that the arrested persons were planning to migrate to New Zealand.