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Alpers, Philip, Robert Muggah and Conor Twyford. 2004 ‘Trouble in Paradise: Gun smuggling, leakage, and crime.’ Small Arms Survey 2004: Rights at Risk, p. 287. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1 July

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Gun Smuggling, Leakage, and Crime

In January and June 2000, Malaitan militants raided Royal Solomon Islands Police (RSIP) armouries at Auki and Honiara, the latter in collusion with the RSIP's own paramilitary force.

More than 500 assault rifles and machine guns were taken, some of which were used to overthrow the elected government.

Quickly diverted to criminals, the guns then enabled armed gangs to embark on a three-year spree of intimidation and violence.

Hundreds of civilians were injured and killed, and thousands were driven from their homes.

ID: Q491

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