Liberia: Hidden arms reserve uncovered close to Cote d'Ivoire border

Liberia's national police have uncovered a large cache of arms in Grand Gedeh County, close to the Cote d’Ivoire border. According to a police statement, it included 1,439 AK-47 rounds, over 70 AK-47 magazines, 67 AK-47 rifles, and 50-Calibre machine guns. Mercenaries and militia who fled Cote d’Ivoire after former president Laurent Gbagbo lost power are known to live in the area, and officials from both countries have expressed concern that they might have taken weapons with them. Liberians United to Expose Hidden Weapons (LUEHW), an IANSA member in Liberia, said “We call on the Government to put in place the necessary measures to ensure that arms are not smuggled into the country, as the proliferation of small arms and light weapons has the propensity to undermine peace, security and development”. More information here