Ethiopia: Police seizes 382 illegal Kalashnikovs from traffickers
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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