A total of 6,579 diamonds in the rough, 19 cars and US$275,000 were seized in the province of Lunda Norte, in Angola, as part of Operation Transparency, according to a report from the Provincial Civil Protection Commission.
The report on the activities carried out in the last 12 months added that as part of the operation to combat diamond trafficking and illegal immigration 3.0 million kwanzas and 80,000 Congolese francs were also seized.
The operation, which in March 2019 was extended to the Angolan coastline, has also lead to the arrest of 147,379 foreign citizens, of which 147,006 from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and 158 West Africans due to their irregular immigration status, who were repatriated to their countries of origin.
The report quoted by the Angop news agency also said that as part of “Operation Rescue” 96 churches were closed, 54 of which for illegally carrying out religious activities and 24 due to a lack of decent facilities for holding meetings.
The operation also closed 107 retail establishments due to not meeting requirements to do business, and the registered offences allowed the state to raise over 16.5 million kwanzas.
“Operation Rescue” launched in December 2018, is intended to combat crime, illegal immigration, administrative infractions and other situations that have a negative effect on public security.