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Rwanda,East Africa

14 April 2005

IRIN (UN News)

KIGALI — Rwanda has, for the first time, destroyed 6,000 small arms as part of a regional initiative to check the flow of illicit guns that have fuelled conflict in Africa's Great Lakes region, an official told IRIN on Thursday. "We set them on fire," Maj Rwakabi Kakira, the coordinator of the Rwandan effort, said. The guns ranging from 5.2 mm to 82 mm in calibre and ammunition were taken from former combatants and armed robbers. Others were part of an obsolete... (

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