Ethiopian Police Seizes 50 Kalashnikov Rifles in Debre Berhan
November 20, 2018 - Ethiopian Police seized 50 Kalashnikov rifles, a grenade launcher and several ammunitions in Debre Birhan town, reports FBC.
Debre Birhan town is about 100 km north of the capital Addis Ababa.
The smuggled weapons entered Ethiopia via the Gambella regional state, according to the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS).
The weapons were found hidden inside a heavy truck, according to the report.
It is to be recalled that, earlier this month, Ethiopian police intercepted smuggled weapons that came from the Sudan.
At the time, police disclosed they seized thousands of new Turkish made firearms largely pistols, machine guns, Kalashnikovs and bullets while flowing into western and northern Ethiopia primarily from Sudan over the last three months.
Ethiopia has become destination for illicit firearms in the last few months mainly due to trafficked from neighboring Sudan, says Ethiopian Police.
Ethiopia shares 725 km of porous border with Sudan, which is difficult for police to patrol in addition to borders with four other neighboring countries.
“In past three months, police has captured Turkish made 1560 pistols, five machine guns, five Kalashnikovs, and 103,313 bullets while being smuggled into the country,” Ethiopia police said at the time.
The inflow of firearms has increased after high demanded was created in Ethiopia where ethnic clashes are occurring in various parts of the country.
It is also believed that militia activities have picked up in the country due to the absence of strong central authority.