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Algeria Attempts to Stop Arms Smuggling at Border with Libya

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff)


Thousands of Libyan firearms and weapons were confiscated by Algerian security forces since the beginning of the Libyan uprising that started in February of 2011.

On Monday Al-Khabar news agency spoke with a  security forces source in Algeria who said Algeria has obtained about 4,000 weapons, around 1,000 of them were seized between January and June of this year.

Dozens of weapons are confiscated every six months according to information made available by the Algerian government. The Algerian government has set up a paramilitary group to stop the smuggling of weapons in collaboration with its army.

Pistols, kalashnikov assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine-guns are among the various kinds of weapons gathered by the Algerians from their efforts to end illegal arms trades.

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