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Thai Police Arrest British Citizen Carrying Hundreds of Fake Passports

Police in Thailand have arrested a British man of Algerian descent carrying hundreds of fake passports.

Thai authorities say the man was arrested at Bangkok's airport Wednesday as he was attempting to smuggle more than 450 forged passports into the United Kingdom.

Security officials say the suspect, 35-year-old Mahieddine Daikh, was nabbed boarding a flight for Amsterdam with the fake Belgian, French, Portuguese and Spanish documents.

According to police, the British citizen said he purchased the fake documents from a Pakistani man for $5,300 on Thailand's popular resort island of Samui.

Thailand is notorious as a center for the production and distribution of forged passports. Security analysts say the international trade in fake travel documents makes it easier for terrorists to hide their identity and travel undetected.

Some indormation for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.