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4 Held in Plot to Send Guns to New Caledonia

March 07, 1985|From Reuters

BRISBANE, Australia — Four Frenchmen have been arrested on charges of conspiring to smuggle guns and ammunition worth more than $30,000 to France's territory of New Caledonia for use against Melanesian rebels.

The four men were captured in a raid Tuesday on a house at Yatala, about 40 miles south of Brisbane. A cache of shotguns, automatic rifles and ammunition were seized, and a court was told that the men admitted they were meant to assist white Caledonian settlers in fighting Kanak (local Melanesian) rebels.

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