Iraq to enforce ban on weapons from ordinary people

Iraq's security forces were ordered Tuesday to collect arms from ordinary people and political parties in Baghdad.

Iraq to enforce ban on weapons from ordinary people
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered security forces to enforce the ban on gun ownership in the next days, General Qasim Atta, the spokesman for the Baghdad operations, told reporters.

Medium and heavy guns, explosives and all kinds of rockets will be collected to remove all military appearances in the capital, Atta said.

Baghdad's Shiite-dominated Kazimiyah district was declared a weapons-free area in accordance with a government order to demilitarize Iraq's holy cities, according to Atta.

Kazimiyah, which houses a shrine of Shiite Imam Mussa al-Kazim, is one of the strongholds of the Mahdi Army loyal to cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

People in the district have been urged to hand in light, medium and heavy weapons as well as explosives and any other weapons within three days from April 9.

Those surrendering their weapons would be given money rewards while those who refused would be held accountable, the general said.

In the southern city of Basra, security forces were ordered to target from Wednesday armed people and groups who had not handed in their weapons by Tuesday, a senior official from Iraqi Minister of Interior, General Abdel-Karim Khalaf, told the media.

The Iraqi government gave a 10-day deadline for militias and people in Basra to hand in their arms.

Last Mod: 10 Nisan 2008, 09:06
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