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Turkey police find smuggled dagger of Libya's Gadhafi

  • A jeweled dagger allegedly pillaged from the palace of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is displayed at the headquarters of Security Department in Istanbul, Monday, June 13, 2016.Turkish police on Monday caught a man trying to sell a jeweled dagger, according to the state-run news agency. Police confiscated the ivory carved dagger which was encrusted with rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds, during a raid in the Istanbul suburb of Esenyurt, the Anadolu Agency reported.(IHA via AP) TURKEY OUT

    A jeweled dagger allegedly pillaged from the palace of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is displayed at the headquarters of Security Department in Istanbul, Monday, June 13, 2016.Turkish police on Monday caught a man trying to sell a jeweled dagger, according to the state-run news agency. Police confiscated the ivory carved dagger which was encrusted with rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds, during a raid in the Istanbul suburb of Esenyurt, the Anadolu Agency reported.(IHA via AP) TURKEY OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • A jeweled dagger allegedly pillaged from the palace of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is displayed at the headquarters of Security Department in Istanbul, Monday, June 13, 2016.Turkish police on Monday caught a man trying to sell a jeweled dagger, according to the state-run news agency. Police confiscated the ivory carved dagger which was encrusted with rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds, during a raid in the Istanbul suburb of Esenyurt, the Anadolu Agency reported.(IHA via AP) TURKEY OUT

    A jeweled dagger allegedly pillaged from the palace of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is displayed at the headquarters of Security Department in Istanbul, Monday, June 13, 2016.Turkish police on Monday caught a man trying to sell a jeweled dagger, according to the state-run news agency. Police confiscated the ivory carved dagger which was encrusted with rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds, during a raid in the Istanbul suburb of Esenyurt, the Anadolu Agency reported.(IHA via AP) TURKEY OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • A jeweled dagger allegedly pillaged from the palace of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is displayed at the headquarters of Security Department in Istanbul, Monday, June 13, 2016.Turkish police on Monday caught a man trying to sell a jeweled dagger, according to the state-run news agency. Police confiscated the ivory carved dagger which was encrusted with rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds, during a raid in the Istanbul suburb of Esenyurt, the Anadolu Agency reported.(IHA via AP) TURKEY OUT

    A jeweled dagger allegedly pillaged from the palace of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is displayed at the headquarters of Security Department in Istanbul, Monday, June 13, 2016.Turkish police on Monday caught a man trying to sell a jeweled dagger, according to the state-run news agency. Police confiscated the ivory carved dagger which was encrusted with rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds, during a raid in the Istanbul suburb of Esenyurt, the Anadolu Agency reported.(IHA via AP) TURKEY OUT  (The Associated Press)

Turkey's state-run news agency says police have caught a man trying to sell a jeweled dagger allegedly pillaged from the palace of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Police on Monday confiscated the dagger during a raid in the Istanbul suburb of Esenyurt, the Anadolu Agency reported.

A businessman, who allegedly bought the dagger for $4.6 million in Libya three months ago, and two suspected accomplices were detained in an anti-smuggling operation.

Identified by his initials, A.A., the businessman was caught trying to sell the dagger to a Saudi national for $10 million.

Gadhafi was overthrown and killed in 2011 after a NATO-backed uprising. The Islamic State group and other extremists have gained ground in the power vacuum following Gadhafi's ouster.

The three suspects were released pending trial.