Operation VANGUARD personnel have apprehended seven (7) Chinese nationals suspected of mining illegally in the Western Region.

The suspects were arrested in a day-long patrol conducted in the general area of Aniamote in the Wassa Akropong District.

Li Jiaming, 45, Qin Weida, 45, Yang Rong, 37, Lixu Rong, 46, Lee Tong Lin, 23, Qin Weic, 41 and Bi Ming, 48, have been handed over to the IMCIM for further action.

At the time of their arrest, they had two locally manufactured rifles, a pump-action together with some other equipment in their possession.

An excavator they were operating was also seized and handed over to the IMCIM.