Gang of excavators arrested in western Iran 

March 1, 2021 - 21:0

TEHRAN – A gang of illegal diggers has been arrested by the Iranian police in Bedreh, western Ilam province. 

A metal detector and some digging tools were seized from the six-member team, who were traced following reports by local people, the provincial tourism chief said on Monday. 

The culprits were handed over to the judicial system for further investigation, Abdolmalek Shanbehzadeh added. 

Home to almost half of Iran’s UNESCO sites, western Iran is a land of hospitable people, wild extremes, and wilder history, and it may be an independent traveler's adventure playground. The region also witnessed the rise and fall of many great empires once bordering Mesopotamia, Ottoman Turkey, and Czarist Russia.

From the fecund Caspian coast to the stark, mountainous northern borders, and the crumbling desert ruins of the southern plains, the region hosts everything from paddy fields to blizzards to Persian gardens.


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