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Lesotho police on Wednesday displayed about 700 illegal weapons which had been confiscated in sporadic raids throughout the country, the South African Press Association reported.

The report quoted police spokesman Superintendent Sekoateng Serabale as saying that some of the weapons were believed to have been stolen from the armed forces. “The police would continue the raids because we believe there are many illegal firearms in circulation in the country,” Serabale said.

He said rewards have been offered for information which would lead to the successful recovery of more firearms and the cash incentive ranges from US $14.7 for a small weapon to US $29 for rifles. All illegal weapons confiscated by the police will be destroyed in accordance with an order issued by Lesotho’s cabinet, added the spokesman.

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