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Population surrenders over 1,000 firearms in Namibe

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Namibe – The Civil Population of Namibe province, handed over voluntarily at least 1,645 weapons of various calibres to Provincial Command of National Police, during three years since disarmament process started in the country.

In an interview to Angop Saturday, the deputy provincial coordinator of technical sub-commission for civil population disarmament area, Manuel Esteves, stated that besides the weapons was also handed over 969 various ammunition, 1,081 loaders and 2,301 explosive devices.

In the districts of the province were collected 621 weapons, Bibala 422, Kamucuio 310, Virei 197 and Tômbwa 95 firearms.

The coordinator stated that on April 4 2009, were destroyed a total of 769 weapons, as well as 2,257 explosive devices by an NGO in public act, presided over by former governor of Namibe province, Álvaro de Boavida Neto, at Espírito Santos Square.

The source stressed that in 2008, about 1,342 weapons were collected in 2009, 212 and in 2010, 85 guns, as well as six at the first quarter of this year.