Photos: Sedef Boşnak
Police launched a countrywide hunt for the men, who also took some 15,000TL from the Senak store behind the town's yacht harbour at 10.40am on Thursday after attacking owner Gülşen Aksay.
The force confirmed last night the men – named by sources close to the investigation as Iranians Mahdi Niazijengheshlagi, 23, and Jamshid Bagherpoor, 47 – had flown out through Ercan airport after being captured on CCTV cameras near Lefkoşa's Girne Gate early on Thursday afternoon and later in the Gülseren area of Gazimağusa.
Airport security video showed that a large sports bag they had used to carry off their haul was not with them, leading police in Girne and Gazimağusa to launch a hunt which unearthed the holdall with “most” of the stolen jewellery from where it had been buried on a beach in the east coast town.
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