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26 people detained for illegal migration attempt

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COLOMBO (News 1st)  – The Navy apprehended 26 persons along with a dinghy and a local multiday fishing trawler, during a patrol and search operation conducted off Veththalakerni in northern waters yesterday (15) and today (16).The group of individuals is suspected to be on an illegal migration attempt to a foreign country via sea when they were apprehended by the Navy.Sri Lanka Navy conducts regular search operations and patrols in coastal as well as sea areas around the island to thwart illegal activities stemming from sea routes.

As an extension of these efforts, the Inshore Petrol Craft P 166 and P 178 attached to the Northern Naval Command made this apprehension off Veththalakerni.

Having spotted a dinghy in this sea area, P 166 patrolling the waters searched the dinghy on suspicion, on the night of 15th September.

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