Kurdish forces seize over 600 guns in Erbil

Kurdish security forces seize 628 “Turkish pistols” in Erbil, September 1, 2020.

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Kurdish forces have seized more than 600 guns in Erbil province, according to the interior ministry.

The ministry said in a statement that the Kurdistan Region’s security council and the directorate of police launched a joint operation to arrest a group of suspects who imported the guns illegally.

“Today, as many as 628 guns known as Turkish pistols were seized after a precise follow-up,” the ministry said on Wednesday.

“The guns were imported illegally,” it added, stating that the group will be brought to justice.

The interior ministry said efforts would continue to put an end to arms trafficking in the Kurdistan Region.

In November 2020, the security forces confiscated nearly 130 weapons including 80 AK-47 assault and 11 hunting rifles.

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