21 arrested as UK targets people smuggling gang in raids

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LONDON: British police made 21 arrests today during a series of raids against a suspected people smuggling network that is accused of bringing hundreds of migrants across the English Channel.
Officials say some 350 officers took part in raids in several parts of England including the northeast, the south coast and London. They targeted roughly 20 addresses after a yearlong investigation supported by authorities in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The National Crime Agency said the people smuggled into the country were mainly Iraqi Kurds. Officials say the suspects include Kurdish organized crime members.

Deputy director Tom Dowdall said the agency believes it has “disrupted a significant network” of human traffickers.

“The number of officers deployed today by the National Crime Agency, the police and partner agencies reflects the scale and severity of the suspected criminality,” he said.

Authorities say the suspects brought migrants…

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