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updated 10/28/2010 2:35:09 PM ET 2010-10-28T18:35:09

A Sri Lankan man swallowed more than 2,000 diamonds packed in several condoms but was arrested while attempting to smuggle them through an Indian airport, according to local media reports.

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Mohammed Shakif, 43, of Galle, Sri Lanka, is accused of attempting to smuggle 2,060 diamonds worth up to about $670,000 through Chennai airport. He was intercepted by suburban police acting on a tip Tuesday, BNO News Service reported.

Shakif was taken to the police station and later to a hospital where an X-ray of his stomach was taken. Shakif then confessed that he had been hired to smuggle the stones.

“Even during questioning, he could not sit comfortably and when questioned, he told the police that he was suffering from piles,” said Suburban Police commissioner SR Jangid, BNO reported.

Shakif was given bananas to eat. The diamonds were then collected.

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