Congo Investigates Suspected Gold Smugglers

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"The suspected smugglers are citizens of the U.S., Nigeria and France."

Democratic Republic of Congo's attorney general is investigating seven foreign nationals accused of smuggling gold, United Nations-sponsored Radio Okapi reported today, citing Justice Minister Luzolo Bambi.

The suspected smugglers are citizens of the U.S., Nigeria and France, Bambi told the Kinshasa-based broadcaster today.

On Feb. 7, the governor of North Kivu province said eight people were arrested for mineral trafficking at the airport in Goma, the provincial capital, including four passengers and four crew members of a U.S.-registered jet. Authorities seized more than $6 million in cash and 400 kilograms (14,109 ounces) of gold and impounded the plane, which flew in from Nigeria.

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