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