Guns, explosives seized in crackdown

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Police across South China's Guangdong province have seized more than 700 guns, 20,000 replica weapons, 500,000 bullets, and 6,000 knives in a campaign from March 1 to April 15 targeting gun-related crimes.

A confiscated machine gun.

Meanwhile, police confiscated more than 300 kilograms of explosives, 200 meters of fuse and 600 detonators during the campaign, according to 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 said.

Zhang said the special campaign against gun-related crimes would last until the end of November.

He added that the campaign was aimed at ensuring social order for Guangdong's economic development and creating a better environment for residents and tourists from around the world.

Statistics 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.

Of the gun-related cases, 208 have been solved so far, Zhang said.

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.

He urged local residents to actively tip off police and cooperate in fighting crime.

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