Turkish security forces seized 16 historical artifacts in an anti-smuggling operation in southern Turkey's Adana province Tuesday.
Police from the Anti-Smuggling Branch of the Adana Security Directorate searched a car belonging to two suspects in the Fevzipaşa neighborhood of the Seyhan district.
Police confiscated a number of historical artifacts found in the car, including four oil-lamps which were cut into pieces, a lubricate and a figurine.
Two suspects were detained in connection with the smuggling incident.
Thousands of anti-smuggling operations are carried out across Turkey every year to halt the illegal sale of historical objects and protect the country's rich cultural heritage. The issue is crucial to a country that is home to about 3,000 ancient cities from 42 civilizations and whose tourism industry relies on its rich historical heritage to attract millions of foreign visitors each year.
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