Police seize 11 unlicensed firearms during campaign in Sulaimani

A policeman is pictured during a campaign launched by police and traffic police to seize unlicensed firearms and unregistered vehicles in Sulaimani, July 25, 2021. (Esta Media Network photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Police said on Monday they had seized 11 unlicensed firearms during a campaign launched in Sulaimani to put an end to the use of weapons and unregistered vehicles.

Units of police and traffic police launched a campaign in the province to seize unlicensed firearms and vehicles with tinted windows and fake plates, after a one-week deadline ended on Sunday.

Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani directed the two institutions to find a solution for the issue, according to police.

In a statement, the directorate of police in Sulaimani said its units alongside traffic police had seized two Kalashnikov rifles and nine guns during the campaign, which began on Sunday.

Despite decisions to prosecute people with unregistered weapons, the use of firearms have increased in the Kurdistan Region. Weapons are often used to settle personal or tribal disputes.

Sulaimani police further said seven unregistered vehicles and 150 car curtains and blinds as well as a number of illegal medicines were also seized.

Police added that the campaign would continue in Sulaimani province.

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