Tue, 24 Apr 2012 03:50:13 GMT

Guns, explosives seized in crackdown in Chinese province



From K J M Varma
Beijing, Apr 24 (PTI) Police in China''s southern Guangdong province have seized more than 700 guns, 20,000 replica weapons, 500,000 bullets, and 6,000 knives in a massive crackdown targeting gun-related crimes.

Besides, police also confiscated more than 300 kilograms of explosives, 200 meters of fuse and 600 detonators during the campaign, said Zhang Yongqiang, deputy director-general of the Guangdong provincial department of public security.

"Most of the guns and replica weapons that have been seized in the campaign were domestically made," Zhang told official China Daily.

The volume of weapons seized in a campaign from March 1 to April 15 targeting gun-related crimes was a surprise and goes against the China''s image as a disciplined society thriving under the one party rule.

Figures from Zhang''s department revealed that the province has investigated 238 gun-related cases and has busted a number of criminal gangs that used weapons to commit crimes in the first three months this year.

The crackdown has dealt a heavy blow to gun-related crimes in the southern province which borders the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions, he said.

"But fighting gun-related crime is a long-term, tough and systematic task in Guangdong, and police officers in the entire province will never relax their vigilance, despite the achievement," he said.

In a major gun-related case, police in Dongguan detained 23 suspects, including two gang leaders in a series of special operations in the city''s Humen township last month.

China has witnessed a series of armed robberies in recent months, which have triggered public concern and prompted the Ministry of Public Security to launch a nationwide crackdown on guns and explosives from February to November this year.
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