x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Police seize weapons in gang campaign

Ajman Police have seized knives, swords and other weapons from about 20 youths in a door-to-door search as part of a campaign aimed at reducing gang violence.

AJMAN // Police have seized knives, swords and other weapons from about 20 youths in a door-to-door search as part of a campaign aimed at reducing gang violence.

Edged weapons, which are more easily obtainable than firearms and easier to conceal, have featured in recent battles between groups of teenagers. And a policeman was killed in Ajman in a crime thought to be gang-related.

"We are certain that by the end of this one-month campaign no youth will still have a lethal weapon," said Col Sheikh Sultan Abdullah al Nuaimi, the Ajman police deputy director general.

Last week police arrested about 100 people, mostly teenagers, who were allegedly found loitering on the streets after midnight. Those detained were released in the custody of their parents, who had to sign agreements before the young people were let go, that they would keep a more watchful eye on their children.

Authorities have also stepped up patrols in an effort to keep the problem under control.

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