A Bible thought to be 1,200-year-old has been recovered by Turkish police during an anti-smuggling operation, authorities have confirmed.
Police recovered the ancient manuscript on Monday in the country’s south-eastern province of Diyarbakir after being informed that someone was trying to sell a book with religious scripture.
Three people were caught red-handed and a further three were arrested later, a statement from the province governorship said. All six remain in custody.
The leather-bound Biblical text was written across 34 pages and features gold lettering and a cross motif on its front. No other information was given about its origin.
Turkey has in the past few years stepped up anti-smuggling operations as many artefacts plundered in conflict-ridden countries including Syria, Libya and Iraq illegally travel through the eurasian nation to reach the West.