Two Suspects Caught Redhanded with 50 Illegal Firearms

ADDIS ABABA – Two suspects were arrested on Wednesday after Addis Ababa Police caught them, red-handed, with fifty illegal handguns.

The city administration’s Press Secretary Office said the firearms were trafficked by a truck from Bahir Dar city, the capital of Amhara regional State.

Security officers, who have been following up the case, apprehended the person who brought the guns and the recipient while exchanging the firearms around Goro ICT Park last night.

Police have stepped up their crackdown on illegal firearms and managed to seize several illegal weapons since the enactment of the state of emergency earlier this month.

The emergency law prohibits moving around with firearms without permission from relevant security offices.

The recently ratified Gun Law also prohibits selling and transferring of a weapon. Under the same law, suspects arrested for illegal bulk sales of weapons could be jailed for up to 15 years.

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