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Addis Ababa : Hundreds of firearms seized in a house to house search

Pedestrians, car and houses searched in the Addis Ababa as police hunt for illegal firearms 

Sized firearms in Tigray (Photo :file)

December 20, 2020 

Addis Ababa Police commission announced on Tuesday that hundreds of illegal firearms have been seized in the past two weeks. 

It was said, as reported by FBC, that arms were seized during a house to house, and car searches in the capital. 

Commander Fasika Fanta, Public relation head of Addis Ababa Police Commission, said 26 AK 47 rifles and 732  ammunitions were recovered during the stated period. 

Furthermore, 129 handguns, over 1000 bullets and 27 other assault rifles are reportedly seized.  Law enforcement uniforms (unspecified) and military communications radio is also seized. 

Searches in cars were said to be random.  According to FBC, there were random searches on pedestrians too. Police said residents in the city supported the search works and police requested the public to continue to tip law enforcement bodies  about illegal guns and suspicious activities.

There were reports that littered assault guns and hand grenades were being found in different parts of the city. A grenade explosion earlier this week killed three people in the Lideta area of Addis Ababa and injured  five other people. 

Police warn the public not to touch explosives and report to law enforcement. 

Stories of illegal firearms entering the capital have been regularly making news headlines in state-owned media after Abiy Ahmed became president in April 2018. And there has been speculation that the firearms that are not seized are far more than those that are seized. 

Given that situation, it may mean that Addis Ababa police and law enforcement bodies do have more work ahead. 

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  1. I would like to take a moment to wish you my Christian brothers and sisters a Happy Holiday Season. It is also in my prayers that the coming New Year will usher a period of peace and stability for the citizens of that glorious country we all left behind but still hold very dear to our hearts. Let’s also hope and pray that the New Year will bring the end of the deadly pandemic wreaking havoc everywhere. Insha’Allah!!!!

  2. I cannot believe prime minister Abiy Ahmed is allowing or sitting idled when the Egyptian embassy in Addis Abeba is being used as a platform for distribution of weapons, bombes ,grenade launchers, and as a weapons depot as well as, as a terrorists gathering center, rather than being used as a center of peaceful diplomatic missions, as stipulated by the Geneva-convention and therefore Ethiopia as a sovereign and independent country, has the right to kick out the terrorist Egyptian embassy personnel out of it’s capital Addis Abeba, full stop end of the story, Ethiopia does not have to play hide and seek games with the rats of the world.
    El sisi the degenerated leader of Egypt knows nothing all his life, but terrorism. Ethiopia has never been a lawless nation in it’s history, and therefore cannot, will not deal or associate itself with the terroristic nation of Egypt under the leadership of the degenerating El Sisi.

  3. It pains me to see my beloved country Ethiopia going through these painful periods and absolutely daunting tough times fore over half a century.
    Unfortunately to say, geographically speaking, Ethiopia is surrounded by historical enemies and thanks to Ethiopian citizens, who are sale-outs, ungrateful and unpatriotic generation who are being tools, as well as cooperating with the enemies to undermine their own country. It’s beyond my comprehension, why in GOD’s name citizens of Ethiopia will collaborate with the enemies to destroy their own country.
    ኢትዮጵያ: ታበፅህ: እደዊሃ: ሐበ: እግዚአብሔር::

  4. I always wonder? Is it identity-crisis, self hatred, just being traitors, ባንዳዊነት: Money! Mentally disturbed, what could it be? Sad …….Sad…….Sad!
    ኢትዮጵያ: ታበፅህ: ዕደዊሃ: ሐበ: እግዚአብሔር::


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