1,200-year-old Bible seized in southeastern Turkey’s Diyarbakır

Security forces on Tuesday seized a Bible said to be 1,200 years old in southeastern Turkey’s Diyarbakır province.

According to the Diyarbakır governor’s office, local gendarmerie received intel that someone was looking to sell an ancient Bible manuscript written on leather with gold-encrusted motifs.

Suspects were caught red-handed while trying to sell the 34-page manuscript, Daily Sabah reports.

Security forces said six people were detained in connection with the incident.

Diyarbakır is located near the Turkish border with Syria. It is not known if the Bible was smuggled from the war-torn country, but Turkey has become a primary destination for those smuggling antiquities from Syria.

Foto credit: Hürriyet Daily News

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