Over 1,000 historical artifacts were seized in southeastern Turkey, authorities said on Saturday.

Security forces arrested three suspects in the Cinar district of Diyarbakir province when they were trying to sell 1,001 bronze coins from the Abbasids, Zangi and Ottoman eras, the provincial governorship said in a statement.

The recovered items were handed over to local museums and an investigation was launched, it added.

*Writing by Burak Bir

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