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Police arrested hundreds of Chinese foreigners in multiple raids around Bali yesterday morning. They were suspected to be part of an international fraud syndicate.

A joint team of National and Bali police raided four locations on Jalan Tukad Badung XXI Denpasar, Jalan Villa Sahadewa in Pecatu Indah Resort Complex, Jalan Darmawangsa Gang Kutuh II in South Kuta, and Golden Gate Residence on Jalan Sunia Negara, South Denpasar.

The Head of Bali Police Public Relations, Commissioner Hengky Widjaja, confirmed the arrest. “The Serious Crimes Unit (Ditreskrimsus) arrested hundreds of Chinese foreigners for alleged fraud and the investigation continues,” he said to on Thursday.

The police raided the locations at around 9am yesterday. They were interrogated while the police secured evidence. They were suspected to be operating an online fraud scam from Bali, and they rented several luxurious houses for their operation. One of the alleged crimes was to blackmail Chinese state officials by faking to be police or prosecutors.

There were hundreds of suspects caught and police also managed to arrest their supervisors. “We are still investigating the role of these two men. We suspect that they are the bosses,” the Head of National Police Public Relations, M. Iqbal, said to on Thursday.

The police also raided a house on Jalan Kutat Lestari, Sanur, which is suspected of being the command headquarters. Chinese Police were also involved in the raids and investigating the crime scene. All of the suspects were taken straight to Ngurah Rai airport and flown to National Police headquarters by plane.