A police operation near the Russian Embassy two days before Independence Day led
to the arrest of 35 alleged criminals.
Six of the accused are said to be wanted by police in connection with around 20 armed
robberies in the capital in which 15 motorbikes and several domleungs of gold were
Nine others were charged with assisting in the crimes by providing accommodation,
motorbikes and weapons.
The remaining suspects have also been linked to other crimes including the carrying
of illegal weapons, say police.
Five of the offenders are soldiers.
Police also confiscated four AK-47 rifles, one carbine, one Luger P08 pistol, one
hand-grenade and two motorbikes.
The raid was carried out under instructions from the Ministry of National Security.