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Burundi Disarmament Drive Nets Over 70,000 Weapons

Agence France Presse

28 October 2009

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BUJUMBURA — A Burundian disarmament taskforce said Wednesday it had received more than 70,000 arms surrendered by civilians over the past two years…

"Today, on the last day for civilians to voluntarily return illegally-owned weapons, between 70,000 and 80,000 have been collected by our commission," said Zenon Ndabaneze, the taskforce's chief.

The arms collection consists of around 10,000 guns and the rest are grenades and other bombs, Ndabaneze said.

Under a new law passed in August, which will be enforced after the deadline, illegal possession of firearms is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to 4,700 dollars (3,200 euros).

Between 100,000 and 300,000 weapons are believed to be in circulation in Burundi according to government and Non-Governmental Organisation Small Arms Survey estimates…

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