Ethiopia: Police seizes 382 illegal Kalashnikovs from traffickers

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Police in Ethiopia have seized hundreds of Kalashnikov machine guns from illegal weapons traffickers during the past six months.

State broadcaster ETV reported this week that 382 of the automatic rifles had been seized by authorities across the country. In addition to the Kalashnikovs, other machine guns, handguns, bullets and explosives were also taken from weapons traffickers.

Authorities in Ethiopia say weapons trafficking in on the rise as smugglers attempt to capitalise on localised conflicts in parts of the country. The police says the influx of weapons from overseas has been increasing over the past three years with most of the arms crossing the border from Sudan.

To help tackle the issue of illegal weapons trade, Ethiopia’s government approved a new bill earlier this month to regulate the use of firearms.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.